Catalog Archive
Auction 135, Lot 89

"America Settentrional di N.Sanson di Abbeville Geografo del Re", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: North America

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.3 x 5.6 inches
16 x 14.2 cm

This is an uncommon Italian version of Nicolas Sanson's last map of North America (1666). It presents California as an island with an indented northern coastline, which is labeled Nuovo Albion. The Great Lakes cover most of Nuova Francia and are open-ended in the west. The Rio di Norte flows westward from a large lake in Le Apaches country, and empties into the Gulf of California. This unusual map is not listed in Burden, McLaughlin or any other of the North American references we consulted.


Condition: A

Slight bleed through of color on verso with a slightly uneven impression.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/16/2011