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Important early map of the region from the Mouth of the Amazon to Trinidad, extending inland to show the coruse of the Rio de Paria o de Orenoque and Rio Negro and remarkable mythical Lake Parime. Remarkable detaile for the period. One of the most important atlas maps of the region issued during the period, with significant improvements over earlier maps. Minor foxing, but a nice example, with wide margins and nice orginal outline color.

Nicolas Sanson Biography

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.