"Atlantis Insula a Nicolao Sanson Antiquitati Restituta; nunc Demum Majori Forma Delineata...", Sanson, Guillaume
Subject: Western Hemisphere - America
Period: 1694 (dated)
Publication: Tabulae Geographicae, Quibus Universa Geographia vetus Continentur…
Color: Hand Color
21.4 x 15.3 inches
54.4 x 38.9 cm
This is Sanson's unusual composition showing ancient geography within a contemporary outline of the Americas, which is noted in the cartouche as the mythical island of Atlantis. This is a purely topographical map and the only cities shown are Mexico City and Cuzco, the capitals of the New World. The continents are divided into ten regions, named for the ten sons of Neptune. The Great Lakes are shown but still very misshapen. A large lake in the western part of North America is the source of a river that empties into the sea between the continent and the island of California. In South America, the mythical Lake Parime appears just north of the equator, but is not named. The map includes both Asian and European coastlines and bits of New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia. The large cartouche is surrounded by Neptune and his ten sons. This is a later derivative published in an historical atlas by the Typographia Seminary in Padua, which is indicated in the cartouche.
References: Burden #405; McLaughlin #46; cf. Tooley p. 124, #51.
A dark impression on a sturdy watermarked sheet with light printer's ink residue and a few small worm holes that have been infilled with old paper. Two short edge tears in the blank margins have been archivally repaired.