Fine example of the first edition of this early map of Central America, Cuba, Southern Florida and Mexico. The map extends from the Gulf of Panbama to the Texas Coastline and the Audience De Guadalajara, along with a nice treatment of Southern Florida, including Bahia de Tamap, Bahia De Carlos, B. de Juaon Ponta, Cabo de Canaveral, Punta S. Luzia, Cabo de Florida and other early place names. Excellent early treatment of the Yucatan and Central America.
Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps. His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Previously, Sanson had worked primarily with the publisher Melchior Tavernier. Mariette purchased Tavernier’s business in 1644. Sanson worked with Mariette until 1657, when the latter died. Mariette’s son, also Pierre, helped to publish the Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde.