Very attractive large map California as an Island

Rare edition of Jaillot's map of North America, based upon the earlier maps of Nicholas Sanson.

California is shown as an island. The Great Lakes are now closed, unlike earlier editions of the map. Excellent detail in CA and the Southwest, including the 7 cities of Cibola. A continuous land mass west of California is labeled as Japan. Excellent detail throughout the Eastern US, where the Sanson cartography remains in evidence, especially along the Gulf Coast. "The Rio del Norte also makes a turn at Socorro and instead of debouching into the Gulf of California correctly flows into the Gulf of Mexico".

While there are recorded examples of this map published after 1700 by Ottens in Amsterdam, none of the standard references notes a 1713 Jaillot edition (dated in the scale of miles cartouche).

Excellent hand colour. Very good condition.

Ref: Burden 709/4.

code : M4504


Date : 1713 Paris

Size : 46.5*65.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £995

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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the French and Dutch versions, mark the end of the dominance of the flamboyant Dutch school of cartography, which was superseded by the more scientifically based French school.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.