Auction 142, Lot 98

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

Subject: North America

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.5 x 5.7 inches
16.5 x 14.5 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 R. di Nort 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: B+

Issued folding, now pressed and backed with old paper. Minor soiling. Trimmed close to neatlines on all sides.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/28/2012