Auction 117, Lot 79

"Americque Septentrionale Par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: North America

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: Introduction a l'histoire de l'Asie…et de l'Amerique

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 5.8 inches
16.5 x 14.7 cm

This map features California as an island and is very similar to McLaughlin #18 and #89 except the northern shore of California is more indented, but still sloping up toward the east. All five Great Lakes are shown but still misshapen and opened to the west. The Mississippi River has numerous tributaries, but barely rises above Spanish Florida with no obvious origin, unlike McLaughlin #18, which shows the river originating in a Canadian Lake named "Lac des Sioux". There are many place names within Nouveau Mexique including Santa Fe and Grenade. The British colonies are shown simply as Nouvelle Angleterre and Virginie. Decorative title cartouche in upper right. Tom: I Pag: 490 at upper right above neatline.

References: McLaughlin #91.

Condition: A

Dark, early impression. Short tear in lower margin just entering border. Margins are about 1/2" and appear original.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/6/2006