JAILLOT, Alexis Hubert (ca 1632-1712). Atlas nouveau contenant toutes les parties du monde, ou sont exactement remarqués les empires, monarchies, royaumes, estats, republiques & peuples qui si trouvent à present. Paris: Hubert Jaillot 1681].
2° (627 x 505 mm). Engraved title, 44 double-page engraved maps with OUTLINE COLORING BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, mounted on guards. (Some light darkening and mostly marginal staining, a few maps with short marginal tears, a few maps with creasing.) Contemporary red morocco gilt with central coat-of-arms of Marie-Adélaïde of France on sides, borders of two triple fillets, corners stamped with fleur-de-lys, spine in eight compartments with seven raised bands, gilt-lettered in second, others filled with a semé of fleur-de-lys, gilt edges (some minor rubbing and staining). Provenance: Marie-Adélaïde of France (1732-1800), eldest of the Mesdames of France, the three surviving daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leczinska (arms on binding close to but not identical with Olivier 2514, fer 4).
FIRST EDITION of the Sanson/Jaillot atlas. Jaillot succeeded Sanson's business and undertook the re-engraving and publishing of Sanson's maps and atlases. “By 1681 Jaillot had enough material to publish L’Atlas Nouveau. With the destruction of the Blaeu family business by fire in 1672, and the general lack of other competition, a ready market for a quality atlas had grown” (Burden). “Jaillot's maps are in large and handsome format, finely printed on the best paper, the titles and scales of miles within elaborate and large cartouches, usually depicting the characteristic costumes and products of the country delineated, and some have inset views” (Tooley, p. 41). Published in a larger format the Atlas includes a World map Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans Hemispheres. Paris, 1681, showing California as an island, and parts of New Zealand and Australia. "The two hemispheres are drawn on an enlarged scale, engraved with distinction, and usually printed on heavy quality paper. The limited decoration enhances the overall effect: at the top cherubs with flowing banners are seated astride dolphins and support the arms of France. At the bottom a bold cartouche is flanked by two twin-tailed mermen" (See Shirley 462 first plate, state 3). Including maps of North and South America: L'Amerique Septentrionale divisée en ses principales parties… Paris, 1674. California is shown as an island (Burden 438; McLaughlin 55; Tooley p. 121, 37). -- Amérique méridionale. Paris 1680; Maps of the four continents and numerous regional maps. The table of content lists 44 maps and leaves blank spaces for additional maps. This atlas includes one additional map “Picardie, 1681;” the map “Les Provinces Unies des Pais-Bas, avec leurs acquisitions dans la Flandre” is not included in the atlas). The Atlas was in the royal collection of Madame Adélaïde. The books of the Mesdames de France, the three surviving daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leczinska, are distinguished by the color of morocco in which they were bound: red for Madame Adélaïde, green for Madame Victoire, and citron for Madame Sophie. Madame Adélaïde was the eldest of the sisters and the most intelligent, and her library was the most extensive. Already in 1753-54, when Madame Adélaïde was only about 21, her library comprised some 750 works. See Pastoureau Jaillot 1 Aa. See lot 74 for another book from this library.