"Mappe-Monde Geo-Hydrographique, ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans-Hemispheres...", Sanson/Jaillot
Period: 1687 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
35.3 x 21.5 inches
89.7 x 54.6 cm
This beautiful double-hemisphere map by Nicolas Sanson was reworked by his sons Guillaume (1633-1703) and Adrian (1639-1718) and published in 1687 by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot. The map displays some interesting cartographic myths such as California as an island and a large Terre de Iesso. In addition, the northwestern coast of North America is largely blank and the Great Lakes are in early formation. The mythical lakes Lac Parime and Lac Xarayes are depicted in South America. A partial outline of the great southern continent, Terre Australe et Inconnue, still appears, and there are only partial outlines of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. The cusps of the spheres are decorated at top with cherubs supporting the coat of arms of the Dauphin of Viennois and at bottom with mermen supporting the publisher’s cartouche. This is the third plate of four for this map, the first plate having been published beginning in 1674. Printed on two sheets, joined as issued.
References: Shirley #462.
A fine impression with wide margins, very minor soiling, and a professionally repaired chip in bottom right corner. There is some mat burn on verso.