JAILLOT, Alexis-Hubert (1632-1712)
Amerique Septentrionale divisée en ses Principales Parties, ou sont distingués les uns des autres les Estats suivant qu;ils appartiennent presentemet aux François, Castillans, Anglois, Suedois, Danois, Hollandois.
Paris: ["1695" in ink]. Copper-engraved by Cordier, period hand-colouring in outline. Sheet size: 21 1/4 x 28 inches.
Beautifully engraved map of North America, here in the rare first state, with California as an island.
Although similarly titled to Jaillot's earlier map of 1674, this map is on a slightly smaller scale. Like Jaillot's earlier map, however, it is beautifully engraved and based on the mappings by Sanson. "The attractive title cartouche engraved by C. Simmoneau is adorned with two tropical birds" (Burden). Although Burden cites the first issue as having no date in the top right cartouche enclosing the scale of miles, close inspection reveals the date to have been abraided off. On the present copy, which includes a contemporary manuscript dating of 1695 in the title cartouche, the date "16 - -" appears in the upper right cartouche, with the terminal digits abraided off. Subsequent issues would add a title below Jaillot's name and amend the mapping of the region to reflect changing boundaries and the creation of colonies. The map would be reissued with such changes until the end of the 18th century. The first and early issues, however, are scarce.
Burden, The Mapping of North America II: 709; McLaughlin, The Mapping of California as an Island 101; McCorkle, New England in Early Printed Maps 695.5; Tooley, "California as an Island," 38 in Tooley, The Mapping of America.