Rare late variant edition of Jaillot's map of North America, with significant revisions, most notably a fascinating set of revisions to the Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida.
In the first Ottens edition of this map (ca 1729), California is still shown as an island and the Great Lakes are shown with open ends in the West. /gallery/detail/14076
In this rare second Ottens edition, there are a number of major changes. California is now shown as a peninsula. The Great Lakes are now shown with complete western coastlines. However, the most interesting changes occur along the Gulf Coast, Mississippi River and Florida. Florida is now shown as an archipelago. The Mississippi River has been revised to follow the De L'Isle model. The most interesting changes are those along the Gulf Coast, which now shows the Mississippi Delta, several very large bays east of the Mississippi Delta and a massive set out outer barrier islands of the Coastline of Texas, one of the very few maps to show this unusual set of barrier islands of the coast Texas. While we have seen other maps.
A continuous land mass west of California is labeled Terre de Iesso Ieco. Many new place names are also included along the Gulf Coast.
The Ottens brothers, Reiner and Joshua, operated a successful printing partnership in the mid-eighteenth century (fl. 1726-1765). They began the venture in 1726, publishing maps and other prints as “R & I Ottens.” They specialized in the reprinting of others’ work, especially Guillaume De L’Isle. In 1750, Reiner died; his soon, also Reiner, took his place, but the firm began listing their works as “Joshua & Reiner Ottens.” The firm lasted until Joshua’s death in 1765. Joshua’s widow, Johanna de Lindt, sold their remaining stock of plates in 1784.
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.