"L'Europe par N. Sanson Geographe Ordre. du Roy. Reveue et Changee en Plusieurs Endroits Suivant les Memoires les Plus Recents", Sanson, Guillaume
Period: 1683 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 16.3 inches
55.4 x 41.4 cm
This elegantly engraved map of Europe is based on the cartography of the elder Sanson (Nicolas) and taken from a plate engraved in partnership with Pierre Mariette, whose name has been elided on this example. The map is well detailed and adorned with a garland draped title cartouche with putti seated on top. The great age of French cartography originated with the work of Nicolas Sanson. His success was partly due to his partnership with the publisher Pierre Mariette. Guillaume was Nicolas' son and successor as geographer to the king.
References: cf. Pastoureau, Sanson V E #210.
Original outline color on a watermarked sheet with light damp stains that enter into image in the top corners, a couple of tiny worm tracks, a 0.5" along the centerfold near the bottom, and minor soiling. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso, and a chip that extends into the border at top right has been archivally repaired.