"Guiana, Verdeelt in Guiana en Caribana", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving…
Color: Hand Color
10.9 x 8 inches
27.7 x 20.3 cm
This small map covers the coastline from Trinidad to the mouth of the Amazon River. The interior is dominated by the huge, mythical lake (Parime) with the legendary city of El Dorado (Manoa el Dorado) on its shores. The map is very detailed, particularly along the coastline, and handsomely decorated with a large 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'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.
A dark impression on a bright sheet with an Amsterdam arms watermark, minor offsetting, and a light dampstain in the bottom margin. Narrow top margin, as issued.