Carte Nouvelle D'Ecosse. / Nieuwe Kaart van Schotland.
1747 (undated) 7 x 10.25 in (17.78 x 26.035 cm)
A stunning map of Scotland first drawn by Daniel de la Feuille in 1706. Depicts the entirety of Scotland surrounded by views of fourteen Scottish cities, including Edembourg (Edinburgh), Dundee, St. Andrews, Sterling, Dunoter, Aberdeen, Glascow (Glasgow), Berwick, Dunkeld, Dunblane, Elgin, Mont-Rose, Inner-ness and Perth. A playful cartouche in the upper right quadrant depicts the armorial crest of Scotland surmounted by a crown and flanked by cherubs. Four tiny sailing ships and two rowboats are drawn plying the waters near Edinburgh. Title in upper left quadrant in both French and Dutch. This is Paul de la Feuille's 1747 reissue of his father Daniel's 1706 map. Prepared for issue as plate no. 17 in J. Ratelband's 1747 Geographisch-Toneel.
Daniel de La Feuille (1640 - 1709) was born of Huguenot stock in Sedan (L'Ardennes), France. As a young man he apprenticed as a watchmaker. In 1663 La Feuille married Charlette Marlet, the daughter of a local carpenter. Twenty years later, in 1683, facing religious prosecution of Huguenots in France, the family fled to Amsterdam. By 1686 Daniel had become a burgher (citizen) of the city and established himself as an engraver, publisher, and art dealer. Not long after, in 1691, he was admitted into the Booksellers Guild. Though we are primarily concerned with his cartographic work here, his masterpiece is considered to be Devises et emblems, a collection of symbols and designs mostly likely intended as templates for silversmiths, engravers, and watchmakers. His cartographic work includes numerous individual maps and atlases, many of which continued to be published and republished well after his death in 1709. He was succeeded by his sons Jacob de la Feuille (1668 - 1719) and Paul de La Feuille (1688 - 1727).
Johannes Ratelband (1715 - 1793) was a European map publisher based in Amsterdam. Ratelband is a rather obscure fellow, but is known to have published a series of European maps and views in association with the La Feuille family.
Geographisch-Toneel Of uitgezochte Kaarten, Tot gemak der Officieren, Reisigers en Liefhebbers; Behelsende alle de generale Kaarten ..., (1747 J. Ratelband issue.)
Very good condition. Minor discoloration along original foldlines. Original platemark visible.