Unrecorded 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. 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), although one appears in the 1994 Jolly Guide. A flawless wide margin example.
Alexis-Hubert Jaillot (ca. 1632-1712) was one of the most important French cartographers of the seventeenth century. Jaillot traveled to Paris with his brother, Simon, in 1657, hoping to take advantage of Louis XIV's call to the artists and scientists of France to settle and work in Paris. Originally a sculptor, he married the daughter of Nicholas Berey, Jeanne Berey, in 1664, and went into partnership with Nicholas Sanson's sons. Beginning in 1669, he re-engraved and often enlarged many of Sanson's maps, filling in the gap left by the destruction of the Blaeu's printing establishment in 1672.