Full Title: Les Monts Pyrenees ou sont remarques Les Passages De France en Spain.

Probably the finest map of the Pyrenees with stacks of detail including the mountain passes and roads along the Franco-Spanish border from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The dominant cartouche is capped with a blazing sun and embellished with sun flowers. A fierce lion and feisty rooster present the arms of the Kingdom of Navarre and of France, respectively. Also alluding to the twin kingdoms is the secondary cartouche in which two putti hold crowns of the realms.

Superb original colour. Tear professionally repaired on back, invisible from front.

Good condition for this rare map.

code : M3462


Date : 1693 Paris

Size : 56*87 cms

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Alexis Hubert Jaillot (c.1632-1712). In 1664 he married Jeanne Berey, the daughter of Nicolas Berey, the map publisher, and following the death of his father-in-law and his brother-in-law (also Nicolas), the business passed to Jaillot and he was to gain access to much of the stock.

On the death of Nicolas Sanson, his firm passed to his sons Guillaume and Adrien. They took Alexis Hubert Jaillot into partnership in 1671, now well-established at 'Aux Deux Globes', and he was to become second only to Sanson himself among the early school of French cartographers.

A number of Sanson's maps had been prepared but never published and others were in need of revision, so Jaillot began the process of preparing new maps on larger plates. These were published in the "Atlas Nouveau", published from 1681 onwards, although individual maps date from 1672.

After the break-up of his partnership with the Sansons, Jaillot joined with the Amsterdam publisher Pierre Mortier, who engraved virtually identical copies of these large maps, re-issued from 1692 onwards. In a similar vein, Mortier also copied the maps from Jaillot's "Atlas Francois" to be re-issued by him in the "Atlas Royal".

These Jaillot atlases, both in the French and Dutch versions, mark the end of the dominance of the flamboyant Dutch school of cartography, which was superseded by the more scientifically based French school. Jaillot exemplified the scientific approach of the French school, which was to reach full maturity in the next century under Guillaume de l'Isle and his heirs, and Jean Baptist d'Anville, who established France as the centre of European cartography.