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Auction 161, Lot 87

Sanson's Two-Sheet Map Showing the Island of California

"Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en ses Principales Parties, ou sont Distingues les uns des Autres les Estats...", Sanson/Mortier

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

34.3 x 21.4 inches
87.1 x 54.4 cm
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This beautiful map of the Americas shows California as an island in the style of the second Sanson model (1656) with the indented northern coastline. A small peninsula Agubela de Gato is the only part of the Pacific coastline shown north of California. A strip of Terre de Jesso is shown in the Pacific immediately west of northern California. Santa Fe is shown along the R. del Norte (Rio Grande River), but the river erroneously drains into the Gulf of California. The two western Great Lakes are open-ended, and Lake Erie is too far south, split by the 40th parallel. The eastern part of the continent is divided into Nouvelle France and Floride with Virginia, New Sweden, New Amsterdam and New England hugging the coast. The decorative title cartouche is adorned with the arms of the Dauphine, two natives and tropical birds. This is the third state, with the imprint changed to Pierre Mortier within the distance scales cartouche. On two sheets, joined.

References: Burden #686; cf. McLaughlin #113; McCorkle #692.4.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with original outline color that has been partially refreshed. There are professional repairs to several chips in the bottom blank margin and corners of the sheet, well away from image.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,250

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 2/8/2017