C1652

L’Hydrographie ou Description de L’Eau c’est a dire des Mers, Golfes, Lacs, Destroits, et Rivieres principales, qui sont dans la Surface du Globe Terrestre.

Mapmaker:

Nicholas Sanson D'Abbeville (1600 - 1667)

Excellent example of one of Sanson’s first world maps. From the early 1630’s Nicholas Sanson, originally from Abberville, had been working in collaboration with his older compatriot Melchior Tavernier. Then, from about 1645, he entered into association with Pierre Mariette, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

L’Hydrographie ou Description de L’Eau c’est a dire des Mers, Golfes, Lacs, Destroits, et Rivieres principales, qui sont dans la Surface du Globe Terrestre.

Date:

C1652

Mapmaker:

Nicholas Sanson D'Abbeville (1600 - 1667)

Condition:

A very good example without foxing or soiling, in good condition, centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

550mm 
x 390mm
AUTHENTICITY
L'Hydrographie ou Description de L'Eau c'est a dire des Mers, Golfes, Lacs, Destroits, et Rivieres principales, qui sont dans la Surface du Globe Terrestre. - Antique Map from 1652

Genuine antique
dated:

1652

Description:

Excellent example of one of Sanson’s first world maps.

From the early 1630’s Nicholas Sanson, originally from Abberville, had been working in collaboration with his older compatriot Melchior Tavernier. Then, from about 1645, he entered into association with Pierre Mariette, often working from the Mariette’s address in Paris.

The map depicts California as an island and is one of the first to distinguish the Great Lakes, all five not being named until Sanson’s 1656 map of New France. Based largely on Jesuit reports, Lac Superior and Lac des puans (‘Lake of evil smells’ for Lake Michigan) are here introduced but Erie ou Du Chat, identified by Boisseau in a regional map of 1643 is not named. 

To the south the faint outline of Terra Magellanica is retained, Australia is only partially shown and still marked Beach. Names on the west and south coasts reflect Dutch discoveries there but the remaining coastline, falling sharply south-east, is entirely speculative, Van Dieman’s Land and New Zealand are omitted.

This edition is identified by the date 1652 in the publication line in the lower margin.

Reference Shirley 394

Mapmaker:

Nicolas Sanson d’Abeville (1600-1667)

Geographer of the King of France, founder of the French school of cartography, and tutor to Louis XIII. He published over 300 maps, all with a high degree of accuracy and engraving quality.

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