Generale Kaart van Engeland.
1734 (dated) 7 x 10.25 in (17.78 x 26.035 cm)
A stunning map of England first drawn by Daniel de la Feuille in 1706. Depicts the entirety of England with parts of Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. Dutch language title in lower right quadrant. This is Paul de la Feuille's 1747 reissue of his father Daniel's 1706 map. The De La Feuille name has been removed from the map and replaced with Ratelband's. Note in the bottom right quadrant dates this engraving to 1734 and attributes it to J. van Jagen, a prominent Dutch engraver. It was most likely Jagen who re-engraved and updated De La Feuille's map per Ratelband's instruction. Prepared for issue as plate no. 16 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.
Jan van Jagen (1709 - 1800) and Carl van Jagen were active engravers based in Amsterdam. The Jagens were active throughout the 18th century and are known to have engraved maps for such prominent Dutch firms as Ottens, De La Feuille and Ratelband. Despite a fairly large corpus of work, little else is known of these elusive figures.
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.