"Americque Septentrionale par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: North America
Period: 1680 (circa)
Publication: Introduction a l'histoire de l'Asie…et de l'Amerique
Color: Hand Color
6.5 x 5.8 inches
16.5 x 14.7 cm
This map features California as an island. It is very similar to Sanson's other small maps of North America, 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. The R. de Nort drains into the Gulf of California from a large interior lake in the country of Los Apaches. The British colonies are shown simply as Nouvelle Angleterre and Virginie. The decorative title cartouche at upper right and the fleur-de-lys are adorned with gold leaf.
References: McLaughlin #91.
Very clean and bright with a crisp impression with some color bleed through on verso. Binding edge a bit ragged.