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Regional Maps of France by Willem Blaeu, Alexis-Hubert Jaillot.

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Cartouche Maps by Willem Blaeu. From Nouvel Atlas. Amsterdam: Willem & Joan Blaeu, 1643-50. Double folio maps, ca. 15 x 21. Engravings. Excellent original hand color. Very good condition, except as noted. French text on verso.

A series of wonderfully decorative maps of France and its regions by Willem (Guilielmus) Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), the progenitor of the famous Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam. Blaeu studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world, run by his sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine craftsmanship and design, and have been called "the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art." These maps, with their excellent original color, are premier examples of the Blaeu output.

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Maps by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot. Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot. Double folio maps. Engravings. Excellent original hand color. Very good condition.

Alexis-Hubert Jaillot, (c. 1632-1712) from Paris, was one of the leading cartographers of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Born in Saint-Claude, Franche-Comté, Jaillot tained as a sculptor, and set out for Paris in 1657. In 1664 he married Jeanne, daughter of the map publisher Nicolas Berey. In 1668 Jaillot took ownership of his father-in-law's firm and continued to publish his material. Much of Jaillot's output was based on the maps of Nicolas Sanson, many of whose maps he reissued, in the tradition of scientific cartography. His maps are all finely detailed, the information being based on the most current first-hand geographic data available. These maps are typical of Jaillot's output.


Jaillot Paris top
Jaillot Paris bottom
"La Generalité de Paris." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1700. Map in two parts, each double-folio, top 16 7/8 x 25 1/2, bottom 16 1/2 x 25 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition.

The top half of the map shows Paris and extends from Rouen to Rheims, from Chartres to Chalons sur Marne. The bottom half extends from Orleans to Bar and from Nemours to Nevers. The title cartouche at bottom left consists of a pair of swans flanking the royal arms, and Minerva and Mercury bearing their usual accouterments. Distance scale bars are shown at bottom right on a drape presented by Mercury. $450



Jaillot Moulins
"La Generalité de Moulins." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1700. Double-folio, 18 x 25 3/8. Original hand color. Very good condition. $175



Four contiguous regional maps of northeastern France
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No. 3. "Le Toulois ou sont Les Chatellenies et Les Prevotés du Temporel de l'Eveché de Toul et de son Chapitre: Partied du Balliage de l'Eveché de Verdun. Le Duché de Barrois ou Balliage de Bar le Duc, Partied u Bassigny, du Barrois Ducal ou Balliage de St. Mihel dans le Duché de Bar, du Balliage de Nancy dans le Duché de Lorraine: et Les Terres Adjacentes de Hattonchatel, d'Aspremont, de Vaudemont et de Commercy." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1704. Double-folio, 18 3/4 x 27 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. Showing the area between present day Vitry-le-Francois and Nancy, approximately 200-300 kilometers due east of Paris, in parts of Champagne and Lorraine. $175

No. 4. "Partie Meridionale du Temporel de l'Evesché de Metz, et Parties des Balliages de Nancy et Allemand, dans le Duché de Lorraine, divisez par Chatellenies, Offices, Prevotez &c. Les Terres Adjacentes de Blanmont, de Salme, de Sarbourg, de Biche, &c." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1734. Double-folio, 18 3/4 x 27 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. A continuation to the east of the above map. Showing the area between present day Nancy and Saverne in Lorraine. $175

No. 5. "Partie du Balliage de Vosge ou de Mirecour, dans le Duché de Lorraine. Partie du Balliage de Bassigny ou Barrois Mouvant dans le Duché de Bar Divisez par Prevôtez, Offices, Seneschaussees; et autres subdivisions, ou sont exactement remarquées les Enclaves et de qui elles dependent." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1704. Double-folio, 18 3/4 x 27 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. Showing the area around present day Langres in the Champagne-Ardenne region. $175

No. 6. "Les Prevotez, Offices, Senéchaussée et Comté, qui font partie des Balliages de Vosge ou Mirecour et de Nancy, dans le Duché de Lorraine, Les Terres adjacentes d'Épinal, de Chaté &c et les Sources des Rivieres de la Moselle, de la Meurthe, de Mortagne, de Velogne &c. dans les Montagnes de Vosges." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1734. Double-folio, 18 3/4 x 27 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. A continuation to the east of the above map. Showing the area around and between present day Épinal and Colmar in Lorraine and Alsace. $175



Jaillot Berry
"La Province de Berry." Paris: A. Hubert Jaillot, 1707. Double-folio, 18 1/4 x 26 1/2. Full margins. Original hand color. Very good condition. $175



Jaillot Orleans
"Carte de la Beauce du Gatinois de la Sologne et Pays voisins compris dans la Generalité d'Orleans." Paris: Guillaume De l'Isle, 1718. After Jaillot. Double-folio, 19 1/2 x 24 1/2. Full margins. Original hand color. Very good condition. Map is centered on Orleans in the Centre region in north-central France, about 130 kilometres southwest of Paris. $175



Jaillot Limoges
"La Generalité de Limoges." Paris: B. Jaillot, 1719. Double-folio, 18 1/2 x 28 1/2. Full margins. Original hand color. Very good condition. Showing the area around present day Limoges in the Limousin region, and showing part of Bordeaux. $175




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Maps from Victor Levasseur's Atlas National Illustré des 86 départments et des possessions de la France, divisé par arrondissements, cantons, et communes avec le trace de toutes les routes, chemins de fer et canaux. Paris: A. Combetti, 1847. Folio. Steel engraving with original outline hand coloring. With various marginal blemishes, including some light staining, short tears and some creases. Not significantly affecting map surface except as noted.

A series of precisely drawn maps of the departments (provinces) of France showing topography, transportation routes, and political divisions in the mid-nineteenth century. These maps are wonderfully embellished with superb decorative borders that through allegory and symbol tell a story about the economy and history of the region. This information is further enhanced by an historically intriguing written account of the area engraved in the borders. For visual appeal as well as insights offered, these are excellent nineteenth-century French maps. All maps are priced as noted.

L'Aube $75 Eure et Loir $75 Jura $70
Indre et Loire $70 Loire Inferieure $80 Maine et Loire $70
La Haute Marne $80 La Marne $80 L'Oise $70
Haute Pyrénées $65 Seine et Oise $85 Tarn et Garonne $75
Vendée $65 L'Yonne $75

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Havre de Grace
Maps from Gentleman's Magazine. London, 1759. Engravings. Very good condition,

Beginning in 1731, monthly news magazines made their appearance in Britain. . These magazines, with such names as Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine, contained poetry, prose, and articles on events, fashions, personalities, and other items of the day that might be of interest to the English gentleman. One of their most popular, and historically important, features was the inclusion of prints and maps to accompany their articles. From 1754 to 1763,.all the major European powers were involved in the Seven Years War. The readers of the Gentleman's Magazine would of course have wanted news of the events of the war and so would have been interested in maps related to it. The following maps concern events of the war in in 1759.



SDUK: Bordeaux
French city plans by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: SDUK, 1830-40. All ca. 12 x 15. Engravings. Original outline hand-coloring. Some minor chipping in some margins. Very good condition, except as noted.

Detailed and clearly drawn maps of major cities of France by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of geographical understanding. These precise views of 19th-century geography are splendid examples of the Society's work. Each city map shows the streets, topography and major buildings of the city depicted. Also included are either inset views of the city and its buildings or a series of sketches of the facades of major buildings. Decorative and informative.




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