Striking large and highly detailed map of the English Channel. Includes Compass Rose, Rhumblines and other features more typical of a sea chart. Extends inland on the Seine to Paris and along the Thames to London. A fascinating chart of the English Channel, rarely seen on the market. A fine example with clean wide margins. From Jaillot's monumental atlas.
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.