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Description: This large original antique portrait of the French cartographer Alexis Hubert Jaillot (1632-1712) was engraved by Cornelis Vermeulen and published as the frontispiece to the 1695 edition of "Atlas francois contenant les cartes geographiques dans lesquelles sont tres exactement remarquez les empires, monarchies royaumes et estats de l'Europe, de l'Asie, de l'Afrique et de l'Amerique" Jaillot rests upon the Atlas Gallicus (Atlas Francois) with a compass in his left hand.
Background: After Nicolas Sanson, Hubert Jaillot and Pierre Duval were the most important French cartographers of the seventeenth century. Jaillot, originally a sculptor, became interested in geography after his marriage to the daughter of Nicolas Berey (1606-65), a famous map colourist, and went into partnership in Paris with Sanson's sons. There, from about 1669, he undertook the re-engraving, enlarging and re-publishing of the Sanson maps in sheet form and in atlases, sparing no effort to fill the gap in the map trade left by the destruction of Blaeu's printing establishment in Amsterdam in 1672. Many of his maps were printed in Amsterdam (by Pierre Mortier) as well as in Paris. One of his most important works was a magnificent sea atlas, Le Neptune François, published in 1693 and compiled in co-operation with J D Cassini. This was re-published shortly afterwards by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam with French, Dutch and English texts, the charts having been re-engraved. Eventually, after half a century, most of the plates were used again as the basis for a revised issue published by J N Bellin in 1753.(Ref Tooley M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Colors used: - General color appearance: - Paper size: - 17 1/2in x 14in (445mm x 355mm) Plate size: - 16in x 12 1/2in (405mm x 320mm) Margins: - Min 1in (25mm) Imperfections: Margins: - Soling to margins, slight loss to bottom margin not affecting the image Plate area: - None Verso: - Soiling