"L'Hydrographie ou Description de l'Eau c'est a dire des Mers, Golfes, Lacs, Detroits, et Rivieres principales, qui sont dans la Surface du Globe Terrestre", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1652 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21 x 11.2 inches
53.3 x 28.4 cm
Double hemisphere world map with California as an Island. This map is similar to Sanson's 1651 edition (Shirley #390) but with more prominence given to marine and river features. In this map Sanson has renamed Nouvelle Albion in the northwest part of North America as Terra de Iesso and Detriot d'Anian has been moved to just north of California. This map is one of the first to distinguish the Great Lakes. Australia is only partially shown, still marked Beach, but New Zealand and Tasmania do not appear.
References: Shirley #394.
Good impression with large and decorative watermark on toned but sound paper. Some marginal soiling and staining. Soft creases along centerfold.