Catalog Archive
Auction 165, Lot 59

"America Settentrional di N. Sanson di Abbeville Geografo del Re", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.4 x 5.7 inches
16.3 x 14.5 cm
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This is an uncommon, re-engraved Italian version of Nicolas Sanson's last map of North America (1666). It presents California as an island with an indented northern coastline, which is labeled Nuovo Albion. The Great Lakes cover most of Nuova Francia and are open-ended in the west. The R. di Nort flows westward from a large lake in Le Apaches country, and empties into the Gulf of California. This unusual map is not listed in Burden, McLaughlin, or any other of the North American references we consulted.


Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with marginal toning. A binding trim at bottom left has been replaced with old paper, and several small tears and chips in the top blank margin have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/15/2017