Auction 114, Lot 78

"Atlantis Insula a Nicolao Sanson Antiquitati Restituta…", Sanson, Guillaume

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1721 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 15.3 inches
54.6 x 38.9 cm

Unusual map of the Americas, noted in the cartouche as the mythical island of Atlantis. The Great Lakes are shown but are still very misshapen and open-ended in the west. A large lake in the western part of North America is the source of a river which empties into the sea between the continent and the island of California. The map includes both Asian and European coastlines and bits of New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. This is a purely topographical map and the only cities shown are Mexico City and Cuzco, depicting the capitals of the New World. The large cartouche is surrounded by Neptune and his ten sons. Second edition of the first state, published by Covens and Mortier.

References: McLaughlin #46; Tooley p. 124, #51.

Condition: A+

Superb impression and original color. Bit of faint toning on centerfold ,still very fine.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $950

Closed on 3/1/2006