"Les Isles Philippines Molucques et de la Sonde", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1654 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de la Geographie Ancienne et Nouvelle
Color: Hand Color
21.7 x 15.4 inches
55.1 x 39.1 cm
This is Sanson's map of the Philippines, Malaysia and the East Indies. While French cartography of South East Asia primarily followed standard Dutch models, the map is presented in Sanson's handsome style with restrained embellishment. It extends to show the Mariana Islands, Islas de los Ladrones and a sketchy New Guinea that includes the Dutch discoveries in the region. Beautifully engraved by J. Somer with a title cartouche formed by the wings of two mythical harpies.
For more information on the partnership between Nicolas Sanson and Pierre Mariette, click here to read the article from our August 2014 Newsletter.
References: Manasek #53.
Original color on watermarked paper with light toning primarily along sheet edges, a few spots of foxing, and several extraneous creases near the center of the map image. There are a few chips and edge tears confined to the blank margins.