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Auction 179, Lot 12

"Harmonie ou Correspondance du Globe auecq la Sphere par les Points, Lignes, Cercles, &c...", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: World

Period: 1681 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 14.1 inches
54.6 x 35.8 cm
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This very unusual double hemisphere map was engraved by Jean Somer Pruthensus. It displays simple outlines of the continents, shows California as an island, and illustrates meridians and climatic zones. There are no place names, and the interior of the continents are completely blank. The map was included in Sanson's atlases from 1659 onwards. This is a later edition with the addition of a wind rose in between the hemispheres.

References: cf. Pastoureau, SANSON V A [3]; Shirley #408.

Condition: B+

On a lightly toned sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark and contemporary color. A printer's crease runs parallel to the centerfold.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/16/2020