"Audience de Guadalajara, Nouveau Mexique, Californie, &c.", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Southwest United States & Mexico
Period: 1660 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
9.2 x 7.8 inches
23.4 x 19.8 cm
This fine, small map is the first regional map to focus on the island of California. It shows a small peninsula (Agubela de Cato) above the island, two bays along the island's northern coast and two new place names, Tolaago and R. de Estiete. Sanson actually based this information on the less well known map by Luke Foxe, but it was Sanson's map that influenced many other cartographers throughout the rest of the century. On the mainland there are new Indian tribes identified in the region of the R. del Norte, which flows southwest from a large inland lake.
References: Burden #327; McLaughlin #16; Tooley (Amer) p. 116, #15.
An attractive example with later color and margins trimmed, but still sufficient for framing. The map is backed with very thin tissue to strengthen paper weakness in upper left border.