Early and highly detailed map of South America, including excellent detail throughout. Many misprojections and early inaccuracies are still present throughout the map. The map was issued well before the breakup of the Spanish Empire in South America, and reflects the lack of Northern European knowledge concerning the interior regions, although the map was quite accurate for the time. From the 1662 edition of Sanson's L'Amerique en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles… the third atlas to focus solely upon America. A few minor spots, but overall a nice example.
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.