Auction 135, Lot 665

"Les Isles Philippines Molucques et de la Sonde", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1654 (dated)

Publication: Cartes generales de la geographie ancienne et nouvelle

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.7 x 15.4 inches
55.1 x 39.1 cm

Lovely example of Sanson's map of the Philippines, Malaysia and the East Indies. While French cartography of South East Asia primarily followed standard Dutch models, the map is presented in Sanson's handsome style with restrained embellishment. It extends to show the Mariana Islands, Islas de los Ladrones and a sketchy New Guinea that includes the Dutch discoveries in the region. Beautifully engraved by J. Somer with a title cartouche formed by the wings of two mythical harpies.

References: Manasek #53.

Condition: A

Near fine with just a hint of centerfold toning.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/16/2011

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