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Auction 92, Lot 74

"Atlantis Insula a Nicolao Sanson Antiquitati Restituta…", Sanson

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1705 (published)

Publication: Atlas antiquus, sacer, ecclesiasticus et profanus

Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 15.2 inches
54.4 x 38.6 cm
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Unusual map of the Americas, allegedly the mythical island of Atlantis. The Great Lakes are shown but still very misshapen and open-ended in the west. A large lake in the western part of North America is the source of a river which empties into the sea between the continent and the ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA. The map includes both Asian and European coastlines and bits of New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. This is a purely topographical map and the only cities shown are Mexico City and Cuzco, depicting the capitals of the New World. The large (colored) cartouche is surrounded by Neptune and his ten sons.

References: McLaughlin #46; Tooley (America) #51 & 52; Leighly #95.

Condition: A+

Expertly backed with Japanese tissue, with lovely later coloring.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/13/2000