Auction 111, Lot 666

"Afrique, Par N. Sanson Geographe ordinaire du Roy corrigee et changee en plusieurs endroits suivant les Relations les plus recentes Par le Sr. Sanson le Fils", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Africa

Period: 1668 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.6 x 15.6 inches
54.9 x 39.6 cm

Handsome example of Sanson's style - though not as ornate as his Dutch competitors - esteemed for geographic clarity and delicacy of engraving. This is an updated version of the elder Sanson's map of 1650 with more rivers, mountains, forests and place names. A river off the Cape of Good Hope is inserted, as well as several other rivers in the south. The map is filled with spurious details including the twin lake sources of the Nile and peculiar mountain ranges. The format includes the Canary and Cape Verde Islands as well as several other Atlantic islands and a small coastline of Brazil. Also includes Madagascar and many islands in the Indian Ocean. Garland style title cartouche with two putti.

References: MCC-48 (Tooley) p. 84.

Condition: B

Original color. Light toning, more so at centerfold and in margins.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/8/2005