Auction 97, Lot 452

"Afrique", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Africa

Period: 1650 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 15.2 inches
55.1 x 38.6 cm

Handsome example of Nicolas Sanson's style - though not as ornate as his Dutch competitors, esteemed for geographic clarity and delicacy of engraving. It is one of several maps of the continent prepared by the important French cartographer. The map is filled with spurious details including the twin lake sources of the Nile and a peculiar mountain ranges. The format includes the Canary and Cape Verde Islands as well as several other Atlantic islands and the coastline of Brazil. Also includes Madagascar and many islands in the Indian Ocean. Strapwork and garland style title cartouche (uncolored). Engraved by Peyrouin, one of the many fine engravers employed by Sanson.


Condition: A

Crisp impression, light overall toning and original color.

Estimate: $850 - $950

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/5/2001