Jaillot’s striking map of Provence

By JAILLOT, Alexis-Hubert, 1692 

Le Gouvernement General de Provence Divise en ses Vigueries, et Terres Adjacentes.

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  • Author: JAILLOT, Alexis-Hubert
  • Publication place: Paris
  • Publisher: Alexis-Hubert Jaillot
  • Publication date: 1692.
  • Physical description: Engraved map with contemporary colour, highlighted in gold.
  • Dimensions: 550 by 840mm. (21.75 by 33 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11714

Notes

A fine example of Jaillot’s map of Provence, with beautiful hand colouring, based on the work of Nicolas Sanson. Alexis-Hubert Jaillot trained in sculpture, and inherited a map and print publishing firm from his wife, the daughter of the crown colourist Nicholas Berey. He was eventually appointed royal cartographer. After the death of Nicolas Sanson, the father of French cartography’, Jaillot republished many of Sanson’s works. This is after a map from Sanson’s Cartes generales’, retaining the land divisions and toponymy. However, the map has been enlarged to show the coastline in greater detail and Jaillot has added two beautiful title cartouches surrounded by animals and foliage.

The map is dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Antoine Colbert, Marquis de Seignelay, the eldest son of the French minister of the same name who served Louis XIV.