A deluxe original hand-color example of the engraved title page from Jaillot's Atlas Nouveau.
The gods Mars and Pallas are depicted standing next to the columns in the first tier. 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. The French royal coat of arms is at the top.
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.