"Americque Septentrionale Par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: North America
Period: 1683 (circa)
Publication: L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles et Exactes…
Color: Hand Color
11 x 7.8 inches
27.9 x 19.8 cm
This is a charming little map of North America with California as an island embellished with a strapwork title cartouche. California is shown with a flat northern coastline in the Briggs 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 first state.
References: Burden #545; McLaughlin #91; Pastoureau, SANSON II F #1.
A fine, early impression with a chip at top left that has been expertly repaired, with a small amount of neatline in facsimile.