Spectacular full original hand-color example of Jaillot's map of Ireland, one of the best large format maps of Ireland issued in the 18th century.
The map shows towns, roads, rivers, lakes, counties, mountains, islands, banks, and a host of other fine details.
The title cartouche is impressive, with the coat of arms of Great Britain. An unusual large format map that almost never appears in full color.
Not enough can be said about the original hand-coloring of this example, which is especially careful, fresh, and strong.
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.