I've blown up the date in Photoshop and it looks like it says: an.179? A question mark because it may be a 2 or a 0 or a 3 (not sure which). To me the fonts look hand drawn, not typeset. There are too many inconsistencies between the same letter type. The font used in this map is very similar to one I have at home, which was made in circa 1730 which is certainly hand drawn as I have the original.
The interesting thing is that although the map says an.179? I'm not sure if it means whether the map was created in 179? or whether it is of a map of a place as it was in 179? or both. My guess is that the map was made in 179? but it is of an earlier time since the title reads: Tabula Topgraphyca antiqua. Tabula can mean map (1). So my translation would be 'Antique Topographical Map'
This is followed by the text: Agi? Abrincatuorum et Venelloru (the last is cut off, but I think it is Venellorum). But the Romans used to write the letter U like a V.
Good old Google found this for me: Jacques-François Lefranc's Tabula topographyca antiqua pagi Abrincatuorum et Unellorum; Link Here
Anyway I did a google on Lefranc and found This which is another forum where you posted the same question and in which someone gave you the answer yesterday!
So it looks like the Map was published in 1792 (if the information from the historical forums is correct) but it is of a part of France in an earlier time.
It's a historical map of Normandy published in 1792 by Abbe Jacques-François Lefranc, the director of the seminary at Coutances; I don't what he based his information on.
(It may in fact have been a posthumous publication, because he refused to take the oath for the civil constitution of the clergy, was deposed from his post, and was massacred along with 180 other priests in Paris in September of that year, such was the fraternal spirit of those happy days:
Le 16 mars 1789
, François Lefranc, supérieur du Séminaire, accueillait dans sa chapelle ses confrères de l'ordre du Clergé, soit 425 ecclésiastiques. Ce même François Lefranc ayant refusé de pr
êter serment, il fut contraint de remettre les clés du Séminaire à l' évêque constitutionnel Bécherel le 17avril 1791
. Tous les Eudistes furent expulsés. François Lefranc se rendit à Paris. Arrêté et enfermé au Couvent des Carmes, il fut massacré avec 180 autres pr
êtres le 2 septembre 1792. L'église l'a béatifié.)
The interesting question is when? And that, my good friend. I do not know! I would guess it might be of Roman times, since the word Tabula was used to describe another Roman map, the Tabula Peutingeriana. The fact that the title is written in Latin doesn't really tell us much as many people wrote in latin in the 1700s, particularly the clergy. Another clue is in the name of the town Alauna. Wiki gives this: The town (Valognes) was built not far from the Roman
town of Alauna
, from where the town derives its name. It was a fortified stronghold under the Norman
dukes and French monarchs.
Peutingeriana (Peutinger table) is an itinerarium showing the road network in the Roman Empire. The original map (only copies have survived) dates from the 4th century. It covers Europe, parts of Asia (India) and North-Africa. The map is named after Konrad Peutinger, a German 15-16th century humanist.