Striking large and highly detailed map of Catalonia, with a large decorative cartouche and a scale of distance. In addition, there are 4 separate sheets, each with an accompanying set 8 town plans and birdseye views, including Roussilon, Perpignan (capital of Roussilon), Catalonia, Puicera, Palamos, Barcelona, Girone, Castel-Dazen, Lerida, Tortose, Ceruere, Balaguier, etc.
These large format Jaillot maps with the extra view sheets are quite rare on the market. A fine decorative example with wide clean margins. From Jaillot's monumental atlas.
One of the best large format maps of Catalonia from the late 17th Century to appear in a commercial 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.