"Les Deux Poles Arcticque ou Septentrional, et Antarcticque ou Meridional, ou Description des Terres Arcticques et Antarcticques...", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1657 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde
Color: Hand Color
21.1 x 15.3 inches
53.6 x 38.9 cm
The extent of polar explorations is the focus of this unusual map of the north and south poles. In the Northern Hemisphere, Greenland is depicted attached to the American continent, and three large islands comprise the Canadian Arctic. It is hinted that Terre de Yezo, ou Iesso takes up the entire North Pacific region between Buttons Bay and East Asia. In the Southern Hemisphere, the tip of South America is shown with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. The balance of the map is filled with a large landmass labeled Terre Magellanicque, Australe, et Incogneue. Engraved by Jean Somer Pruthenus. This is the first state.
References: Kershaw #144, Pastoureau, SANSON V A #97.
A crisp impression on a sheet with a large coat of arms watermark. There is light soiling, a printer's crease at top, and light stains at top and bottom, not impacting the map image.