A late eighteenth century French snuff box depicting Paris and its environs
By POIRSON, Jean Baptist , 1790

[Snuff box] Carte du Département de Paris divisé par Districts et Cantons Décréet de l’Assemblée du 15 Janvier 1790.

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  • Author: POIRSON, Jean Baptist
  • Publication place: [Paris
  • Publisher: Le Vachez
  • Publication date: c1792].
  • Physical description: Papier mache circular snuff box (85mm diameter), push-fitting cover mounted with a map of Paris, rose coloured metal bezel.
  • Dimensions: (diameter) 85mm (3.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12618


Rare eighteenth century snuff box with a plan of Paris and its environs.

The map is the work of Jean Baptist Poirson (1761-1831) a French cartographer, and was published in one of his first cartographic works, ‘Atlas national des 83 departements’, published in 1792. The atlas consisted of 83 circular maps of the newly created administrative departments of the new French Republic.