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Auction 118, Lot 131

"L'Amerique Septentrionale", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: North America

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Black & White

8.6 x 6.5 inches
21.8 x 16.5 cm

This is an uncommon little map of North America showing a large island of California with a flat northern coastline. The Rio Grande is shown flowing incorrectly into the Gulf of California, rather than the Gulf of Mexico. All five Great Lakes are shown but are still misshapen, and Erie is not yet named. The title cartouche in the upper left shows a kneeling native offering goods to a standing European. This is apparently a later edition with the engraver's imprint erased.

References: Burden #705; cf. McLaughlin #119.

Condition: A

Slightly uneven impression, else very good. Issued folding, now pressed. Binding trim replaced at lower right with tiny cut into neatline.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100


Closed on 3/6/2007