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1696 / 1730 Hubert Jaillot Map of Ireland

Le Royaume d'Irlande divisé en ses provinces, subdivisé en Shireries ou Comtes... - Main View

1696 / 1730 Hubert Jaillot Map of Ireland


A most decorative early Map of Ireland.


Le Royaume d'Irlande divisé en ses provinces, subdivisé en Shireries ou Comtes...
  1696 (undated)     35.5 x 24.25 in (90.17 x 61.595 cm)     1 : 542000


Hubert Jaillot's 1693 map of Ireland is among the largest and most beautiful atlas maps of Ireland produced in the 17th century. A sculptor-turned-mapmaker, Jaillot's maps were mostly based on geographical scholarship of the great French mapmaker Nicolas Sanson. Where Sanson's maps tended to be Spartan academic works, Jaillot intended his maps to be 'Bel et Utilite', beautiful as well as informative. Also, while Sanson's maps were printed to single folio sheets or smaller formats, Jaillot printed his maps to two folio sheets, meant to be joined into impressive large-scale maps. The map is superbly detailed, with towns, cities, and roads plainly visible. Topography is shown pictorially. An inset map in the lower right situates Ireland in relation to England, France, and the Netherlands, placing the island in the context of the greater conflict.
A Glorious Cartouche
Typical of Jaillot's output, the map is decorated with a richly ornate cartouche. It is surmounted by the arms of William III and Mary II, and backed with a spray of spears and cannon. Flanking the cartouche to the left and right are shackled prisoners. The martial imagery and these alarming and dismayed figures appear to refer to the Williamite War between 1688–1691, a proxy war between the Dutch Republic and France whose primary result was the further immiseration of the Irish populace.
Publication History and Census
Jaillot executed this map for his 1693 Atlas Nouveau. Although the maps were drawn in Paris, they were printed by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. Mortier continued to publish the atlas into the 18th century, and when the firm became Covens and Mortier it remained in production. Maps with the Covens and Mortier imprint generally date from 1730 and later. While we see no Covens editions of this map listed separately in OCLC, this is likely a flaw in university cataloguing rather than an indication of rarity. This map appears on the market from time to time.


Alexis-Hubert Jaillot (c. 1632 - 1712) followed Nicholas Sanson (1600 - 1667) and his descendants in ushering in the great age of French Cartography in the late 17th and 18th century. The publishing center of the cartographic world gradually transitioned from Amsterdam to Paris following the disastrous inferno that destroyed the preeminent Blaeu firm in 1672. Hubert Jaillot was born in Franche-Comte and trained as a sculptor. When he married the daughter of the enlumineur de ala Reine, Nicholas Berey, he found himself positioned to inherit a lucrative map and print publishing firm. When Nicholas Sanson, the premier French cartographer of the day, died Jaillot negotiated with his heirs, particularly Guillaume Sanson (1633 - 1703), to republish much of Sanson's work. Though not a cartographer himself, Jaillot's access to the Sanson plates enabled him to publish numerous maps and atlases with only slight modifications and updates to the plates. As a sculptor and an artist, Jaillot's maps were particularly admired for their elaborate and meaningful allegorical cartouches and other decorative elements. Jaillot used his allegorical cartouche work to extol the virtues of the Sun King Louis IV, and his military and political triumphs. These earned him the patronage of the French crown who used his maps in the tutoring of the young Dauphin. In 1686 he was awarded the title of Geographe du Roi, bearing with it significant prestige and the yearly stipend of 600 Livres. Jaillot was one of the last French map makers to acquire this title. Louis XV, after taking the throne, replaced the position with the more prestigious and singular title of Premier Geographe du Roi. Jaillot died in Paris in 1712. His most important work was his 1693 Le Neptune Francois. Jalliot was succeed by his son, Bernard-Jean-Hyacinthe Jaillot (1673 - 1739), grandson, Bernard-Antoine Jaillot (???? – 1749) and the latter's brother-in-law, Jean Baptiste-Michel Renou de Chauvigné-Jaillot (1710 - 1780). More by this mapmaker...

Nicolas Sanson (December 20, 1600 - July 7, 1667) and his descendants were the most influential French cartographers of the 17th century and laid the groundwork for the Golden Age of French Cartography. Sanson was born in Picardy, but his family was of Scottish Descent. He studied with the Jesuit Fathers at Amiens. Sanson started his career as a historian where, it is said, he turned to cartography as a way to illustrate his historical studies. In the course of his research some of his fine maps came to the attention of King Louis XIII who, admiring the quality of his work, appointed Sanson Geographe Ordinaire du Roi. Sanson's duties in this coveted position included advising the king on matters of geography and compiling the royal cartographic archive. In 1644 he partnered with Pierre Mariette, an established print dealer and engraver, whose business savvy and ready capital enabled Sanson to publish an enormous quantity of maps. Sanson's corpus of some three hundred maps initiated the golden age of French mapmaking and he is considered the 'Father of French Cartography.' His work is distinguished as being the first of the 'Positivist Cartographers,' a primarily French school of cartography that valued scientific observation over historical cartographic conventions. The practice result of the is less embellishment of geographical imagery, as was common in the Dutch Golden Age maps of the 16th century, in favor of conventionalized cartographic representational modes. Sanson is most admired for his construction of the magnificent atlas Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde. Sanson's maps of North America, Amerique Septentrionale (1650), Le Nouveau Mexique et La Floride (1656), and La Canada ou Nouvelle France (1656) are exceptionally notable for their important contributions to the cartographic perceptions of the New World. Both maps utilize the discoveries of important French missionaries and are among the first published maps to show the Great Lakes in recognizable form. Sanson was also an active proponent of the insular California theory, wherein it was speculated that California was an island rather than a peninsula. After his death, Sanson's maps were frequently republished, without updates, by his sons, Guillaume (1633 - 1703) and Adrien Sanson (1639 - 1718). Even so, Sanson's true cartographic legacy as a 'positivist geographer' was carried on by others, including Alexis-Hubert Jaillot, Guillaume De L'Isle, Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, and Pierre Duval. Learn More...

Covens and Mortier (1721 - c. 1862) was an Amsterdam publishing firm, the successor to the extensive publishing empire built by Pierre Mortier (1661 - 1711). Covens and Mortier maps are often criticized as derivative - but this is not fully the case. Pierre Mortier lived in Paris from 1681 to 1685. There he established close relationships the the greatest French cartographers of the era, including De L'Isle and D'Anville. His business model was based upon leveraging Dutch printing technology and sophistication to co-publish state of the art French cartography. Upon Mortier's death in 1711 his firm was taken over by his son, Cornelius Mortier (1699 - 1783). Cornelius married the sister of Johannes Covens (1697 - 1774) in 1721 and, partnering with his brother in law, established the Covens and Mortier firm. Under the Covens and Mortier imprint, Cornelius and Johannes continued in Pierre's model of publishing the most up-to-date French works with permission. They quickly became one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing concerns of the 18th century. The firm and its successors published thousands of maps over a 120 year period from 1721 to the mid-1800s. During their long lifespan the Covens and Mortier firm published as Covens and Mortier (1721 - 1778), J. Covens and Son (1778 - 94) and Mortier, Covens and Son (1794 - c. 1862). Learn More...


Jaillot, H. / Covens and Mortier, Atlas Nouveau (Amsterdam, Covens and Mortier) 1730.    


Good. Mended split and cracking in oxidized area; reinforced with rice paper and fully stabilized.


OCLC 159851819 (1696 Mortier). See Rumsey 12178.000 (1708 Mortier).