An fine example of Guillaume de l’Isles’s ornate map of the British Isles. This is in state 5 of 10 according to Shirley with the altered address of ‘L’aigle d’Or, premises that he moved to in January 1708, and with Renards imprint erased lower right. It was first separately published before De L’Isle began issuing regular atlases. It ‘fully reflects the high standard of his work … the map is a fine example of polished engraving, restrained decoration and pleasing balance.’ De L’Isle (1675-1726) is important as the first ‘scientific’ cartographer who incorporated the most current information on exploration and topography into his maps. Lloyd Brown states that De L’Isle “undertook a complete reform of a system of geography that had been in force since the second century, and by the time he was twenty-five he had very nearly accomplished his purpose”. Provenance: Doreen Green 2001. Brown (1959); Shirley, R.W. (BI 1650-1750) Delisle 1, state 5; Tooley’s Dictionary (1999-2004).