"'T Eilandt van Madagascar of van St. Laurens...", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereldbeschryving
Color: Hand Color
9.6 x 7.5 inches
24.4 x 19.1 cm
Finely engraved, decorative map of Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique. Great detail of the surrounding islands and navigation hazards in the Gulf of Mozambique. The map is ornamented with an attractive title cartouche. Published in Francois Halma's Dutch edition of A. Pherotee de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode Pour Apprendre facilement la Geographie Universelle.
Sanson's small maps from his L'Afrique en Plusieurs Cartes..., first published in 1656 and engraved by A. Peyrounin, were copied several times by various map publishers. Johann David Zunners made copies of Sanson's maps for his German translation of Die Gantze Erd-Kugel in 1679. Johannes Ribbius and Simon de Vries published copies in 1682 and 1683, with new maps engraved by Antoine d'Winter. The plates were later sold to Francois Halma, who used them in 1699 and then again in 1705 with the titles re-engraved in Dutch. The titles on the d'Winter plates were re-engraved back into French, and then used by Nicholas Chemereau in 1715 and by Henri du Sauzet in 1738.
A crisp impression on a clean, bright sheet with minor archival repairs in the top blank margin.