Early regional map of the southern tip of South America, from P. de las Baixas and Port Desire in the east and the southern portion of Chile in the west, showing Magellanica in remarkable detail, including Staten land, Destroit de Browers, Cape Horn, Diego Ramirez, and many other points, capes, islands, straits, etc. One of the most detailed regional maps of the period. From the 1662 edition of Sanson's L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles… the third atlas to focus solely upon 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.