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Auction 183, Lot 300

"Destroit de Magellan, Terre et Isles Magellanicques, &c. ", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Southern South America

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: Geographise en Historise Werelt Beschryving

Color: Hand Color

9.4 x 7.6 inches
23.9 x 19.3 cm
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A charming small map of Tierra del Fuego showing both the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. Inland detail is confined to a mountain range and several rivers, and the mythical Destroit de Browers is labeled at far right. Adorned with a decorative title cartouche. Engraved by Antoine d'Winter.

Sanson's small maps from his L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes..., first published in 1657 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.

References: Pastoureau, SANSON II F bis.

Condition: A

A dark impression with a hint of offsetting, an archivally repaired tear in the top blank margin, and binding holes in the left blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/9/2021