"Audience de Guadalajara, Nouveau Mexique, Californie, &c.", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico, California
Period: 1683 (circa)
Publication: Geographise en Historise Werelt Beschryving
Color: Hand Color
9.3 x 7.9 inches
23.6 x 20.1 cm
This map was first published in 1656 and introduced the so-called second Sanson model of California as an island. This depiction shows a small peninsula (Agubela de Cato) above the island, two bays along the island's northern coast and two new place names, Tolaago and R. de Estiete. Sanson actually based this on information from the less well known map by Luke Foxe, but it was this map that influenced many other cartographers throughout the rest of the century. On the mainland there are new Indian tribes identified in the region of the R. del Norte, which flows southwest from a large inland lake. This example was published in Joannes Ribbius' very rare Dutch translation of Sanson's L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes. The map was re-engraved for this edition, with only very minor differences from Sanson's map of 1657. This is the first state of the Ribbius edition, prior to the addition of a grid of longitude and latitude.
References: Burden #576; McLaughlin #16; Tooley (Amer) p. 116, #15; Pastoureau, SANSON II F.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color.