The Kingdom of France


This map of the Kingdom of France is attributed to Alexis-Hubert Jaillot and Guillaume Sanson, son of Nicolas Sanson, who is widely considered to have been the father of French cartography. Although dated 1724, in the monarchy of Louis XV, the map appears to be one of the last known reprints of Jaillot’s L’Atlas français (French atlas) of 1690, published more than two decades after the cartographer’s death. It depicts the provinces and major cities of France under the reign of Louis XIV, as well as the territories acquired by France in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. France’s expansion beyond its historical borders in this period alarmed the other great powers, which ultimately united against the French monarchy in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). The map documents the location of bishoprics, universities, abbeys, provincial parliaments, ports, and other institutions with place names listed in both French and Latin. Jaillot’s sons and grandsons kept his mapping firm, Les Deux Globes, prosperous until the mid-18th century.

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Le royaume de France


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1 map : color ; 45 x 63 centimeters

Last updated: March 8, 2016