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[Frontispiece] Table Des Cartes Etc. ...

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[Frontispiece] Table Des Cartes Etc. ... : A.H.Jaillot / P.Mortier

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A good uncoloured example of the frontispiece for the Jaillot-Mortier "Atlas Nouveau". The central section has been left blank so that a list of the contents, made to order as required, could be pasted there. The image includes personifications of several classical figures, including Zeus, Atlas and a female figures personifying Geography. At the foot of the page is a scene in a library setting with figures standing around a globe. 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 '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. Tooley wrote, "Jaillot's maps are in large and handsome format, finely printed on the best paper, the titles and scale of miles with elaborate and large cartouches, usually depicting the characteristic costumes and products of the country delineated ...". Individual atlases were coloured to meet the customer's wishes, which Fordham describes as "the finest specimens extant of this decorative art". After the break-up of his partnership with the Sansons, Sanson joined Pierre Mortier who engraved virtually identical copies of these large maps, re-issued from 1692 onwards.
region: Title Pages
mapmakers: A.H.Jaillot   P.Mortier  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c.1700
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 530 x 430
ref: 24025
literature: cf. Shirley, Courtiers And Cannibals, 71.

Price: £ 380

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