"Les Isles Britanniques qui contiennent les Royaumes d'Angleterre, Escosse, et Irlande…", Jaillot, Alexis-Hubert
Period: 1696 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Royal
Color: Hand Color
23.4 x 18.7 inches
59.4 x 47.5 cm
Second edition of this decorative folio map of the British Isles that was dedicated to the Duke of Burgundy. The first edition was probably published the year before and does not carry a date at the bottom of the cartouche. Shirley states this map is "a more distinguished and firmer engraving" than the Paris edition of Cordier. He further notes the more accurate westward extension to Connaught in spite of Jaillot not using the Irish survey by Perry. Britain is shown in fine detail with hundreds of place names in this finely engraved map. The map has two stunning cartouches including the title cartouche with putti, Neptune, Mercury and other allegorical figures. The title is repeated across the top in Latin. Jaillot was the successor to the Sanson publishing family and this map follows the geography of Nicolas Sanson. Large inset details the Shetland, Faroe and Orkney Islands.
References: Phillips (A) #5953-15; Shirley (BI) Jaillot 4.
The paper is sound and the impression is very dark. The original color is somewhat faded and the map is toned overall with some minor foxing and damp stains. There is a separation of the fold at top that enters the border. There are remnants of framer's hinges on the verso.