Auction 139, Lot 28

"Mappe-Monde ou Carte Generale du Globe Terrestre Representee en Deux Plan-Hemispheres…", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: World

Period: 1669 (dated)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Representation de Tout l'Univers…

Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 16.5 inches
56.6 x 41.9 cm

This simple, yet elegant map is based on Nicolas Sanson's world map of 1651. Nicolas drew this map for his 1660 atlas, and after his death in 1667, his sons Guillaume and Adrien used it in their atlases of 1669 and 1678. This edition shows Australia with a bit more definition, along with Tasmania and a small portion of New Zealand's coastline. It is the first map to indicate N. Danemarck west of the Hudson Bay, here named the Mer Christiane. California is shown as an island, and Acoma and Santa Fe are noted in the Southwest, with Acoma shown correctly atop a mesa. The coastline of Asia is shown with the discoveries of the De Vries noted, including Terre de Iesso or Ieco, and a land called Yupi. The Great Lakes are not updated from the 1651 version, and do not show all five lakes. The map is typical of Sanson's "scientific" style of cartography that did not bother with decorative elements nor fanciful geography. It was published in conjunction with Pierre Mariette (father and son), who published many of Sanson's works after 1645.

References: Shirley #419.

Condition: B

Top margin has been trimmed into the neatline. Other margins have chipping and tears with paper restorations and tissue repairs including facsimile of the neatline at upper right.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000


Closed on 2/15/2012