Nice example of Jaillot's 6 sheet wall map of Asia, in gorgeous full color. The map includes remarkable detail throughout and is based upon the best geographical information available at the time. Includes an incomplete coastline of northwestern Australia, nice detail in southeast asia (although the Philippines is a bit oddly displayed), Korea as a peninsula and a very curious peninsula in NE Asia, reaching to the northern tip of Japan. The NE Coast of Asia is largely unknown and the NE Passage is treated as wide open and without impediments. The map pre-dates the Russian discoveries in the NE part of Asia, beginning in the mid-18th Century. Minor discoloration where several of the sheets are joined and some very minor loss within the image, but in all a beautiful example, which has been laid on fresh linen.
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.