Catalog Archive
Auction 142, Lot 99

"Americque Septentrionale Par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: North America

Period: 1699 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 7.6 inches
27.4 x 19.3 cm
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This is a charming little map of North America with California as an island embellished with a strapwork title cartouche. California is shown with an indented northern coastline in the Foxe form. The detached coastline to the northwest of California is named Terre de Iesso, rather than reflecting Sanson's earlier belief that it was an extension of the American continent. The R. de Nort drains into the Gulf of California from a large interior lake in the country of Les Apaches. The two western-most Great Lakes are left open-ended and Lake Erie remains unnamed. Engraved by A. d'Winter. This is the second state with a peninsula inserted northeast of California, the Carolinas attributed to the French, and N. Iork added below N. Amstredam.

References: Burden #545; McLaughlin #91.

Condition: A

Two tiny tears in left margin, far from map image, have been repaired with archival tape. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100


Closed on 11/28/2012