De la Feuille family

Daniel de la Feuille (1640-1709), fled France with his family in 1683, to Amsterdam, where he registered as a goldsmith. By 1686 he was established there as an engraver, publisher and art dealer. He was admitted to the booksellers’ guild in 1691, and thereafter published a number of books of emblems. Shortly before his death, he published a miniature atlas, ‘Les Tablettes Guerrieres, ou Cartes Choisies pour la Commodite. Des Officiers et des Voyageurs…’ (1706)

His sons, Jacob de la Feuille (1668 – 1719) and Paul (1688-1727) continued the business after Daniel’s death.

Jacob acquired a number of engraved cartographical plates through his marriage in 1696 to Maria de Ram, the widow of Johannes de Ram (1648-93). De Ram had begun identifying as an engraver after his marriage to Maria van Zutphen in 1682: “as a map dealer he acquired at auction the globe-producing factory of Johannes van Ceulen (1635-89), not to be confused with Johannes van Keulen. van Ceulen himself had acquired all of the Blaeu’s stock of globe paraphernalia in 1682 under contract, this included globes, gores and the plates for them. Some of that debt remained unpaid at this own death in 1689, and Pieter and Joan Blaeu placed a legal claim on the proceeds of the sale. On 15 May 1693, de Ram himself also died. The question of whether the debt was paid is unknown. They then passed into the hands of Jacob de la Feuille (1668-1719), who married de Ram’s widow in March 1696… the year following… he was already in trouble for he was brought to court accused of having raped his housemaid. A notary act of 1711 registers the complaint of his wife that he left her five years earlier in a poor state and that his present whereabouts were unknown” (Burden).