Striking large format map of Russia, extending from the Baltic and Black Seas to Grande Tartarie and the Grande Desert ou Desert De Karkkathay, published by Hubert Jaillot. This 2 sheet map of Russia provides a highly detailed picture of European Russia and part of Central Asia, based upon the geographical compilations and work of Nicolas Sanson which remained unpublished at the time of his death. Jaillot conceived in 1674 of the re-issue of Sanson's major work (published and unpublished) in an enlarged format. The maps were issued as early as 1674 and were later jointly issued by Sanson and Mortier in Amsterdam. A nice example, with a strong dark impression and minimal offsetting. Nice wide margins, unusual for such a large map. Extra soft horizontal fold, but generally a nice example. Reinforced along verso where old greens have oxidized and cracked.
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.