Auction 139, Lot 284

"Audience de Guadalaiara, Nouveau Mexique, Californie, &c.", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: United States & Mexico, California

Period: 1715 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 7.8 inches
23.6 x 19.8 cm

This map was first published in 1656 and introduced the so-called second Sanson model of California as an island. This depiction 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 on information from the less well known map by Luke Foxe, but it was this map that influenced many other cartographers throughout the rest of the century. On this version the name Nouvelle Albion appears in the northern part of California. 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, and two large clusters of mountains are shown pictorially. This issue is from a re-engraved plate published by Joannes Ribbius and Simon de Vries.

References: Burden #576; McLaughlin #16; Tooley (Amer) p. 116, #15.

Condition: B+

Faint toning along centerfold with a tiny tear along the centerfold just below <i>R. del Norte</i> has been repaired with archival materials.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200


Closed on 2/15/2012