Auction 126, Lot 23

"Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale du Globe Terrestre Representee en deux Plan-Hemispheres…", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1692 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.5 x 5.8 inches
16.5 x 14.7 cm

This uncommon double hemisphere map is beautifully decorated with clouds at the top and allegorical representations of the continents along the bottom. The graceful banner-style title cartouche attributes the geography to Sanson. California is shown as an island, the Great Lakes do not yet appear but there is a large St. Lawrence River, Terre de Iesso stretches between Asia and North America, there is a bit of Il. Zelande near and almost connecting to the large T. Magellanique Aust. et Incongneve, and Australia (Nouv. Hollande) is only partly mapped. This is a smaller version of a map by Jan Luyts (Shirley #553).

References: Shirley #551 (Corrigenda and Addenda).

Condition: B+

Nice dark impression with attractive later color. Light damp stain in right corner, else fine. Issued folding, now pressed.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/3/2008