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Early regional map of the region bounded the Isle of Margarita, Trinidad and Tobago and the mouthe of the Orinoco River in the North and extending south to the mouth of the Amazon in the South and showing all of the mythical Parime River in centeral South America. The map covers equitorial South America, east of the Orinoco, which is shown nearly to its source, and reflects the lack of knowledge regarding the interior of the continent. Excellent coastal detail and many mountains, lakes, rivers, towns, islands, capes etc. shown. One of the earliest obtainable regional maps of this area. From the 1662 edition of Sanson's L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles… the third atlas to focus solely upon America.

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.