Auction 153, Lot 76

Rare Example of Delisle's Map Attributed to Sanson

"L'Amerique Septentrionale Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. & Quelques Autres, & sur les Memoires les Plus Recens", Sanson/Mortier

Subject: North America

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 17.9 inches
58.2 x 45.5 cm

This is Pierre Mortier's re-engraved version of Delisle's foundation map of North America. It is nearly identical to the Delisle map, with California returned to its peninsular position rather than as an island. Cape Mendocino is the farthest northern point in California, and the north portion of the continent is left blank. The Great Lakes are well-defined, based on Coronelli, with French forts noted. The English settlements are confined east of the Allegheny Mountains, and Spanish forts are clustered around Santa Fe. The Mississippi River valley is well developed with recent French settlements. The first mention of what would be called the Sargasso Sea is noted in the North Atlantic. The map is decorated with an aquatic-themed figural cartouche and a draped scale of miles. Latin title above the neatline, "America Septentrionalis in suas Praecipuas Partes Divisa, ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis." This is a rare example with Delisle's name erased and replaced with "Par N. Sanson."

References: Tooley (Amer) p.19, #32; Philips #580-56; cf. Wheat (TMW) #79.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with original color, several minor printer's creases, and two faint stains in bottom corners of map. There are professional repairs to a centerfold separation in bottom blank margin and a small chip in top blank margin.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $750

Closed on 5/20/2015