Stiking old color example of the Title Page from Jaillot's Atlas Nouveau. The gods Mars and Pallas are shown, along with Louis the Great, King of France and Navarra and Monseigneur Le Dauphin are shown mounted on horseback, along with a picture of Atlas (L'Hercule Francois) holding the World aloft at the top center. Coat of arms at the top. A bit toned, but a nice example, in old color. Old Library stamp in the lower margin, far from printed image.
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.