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Nicolas Sanson's 1659 double-page engraved map of the world, featuring particular emphasis on latitudes, zones (e.g., "Zone Toride"), and meridians.

While the main focus of the map is not detailed topography or toponyms, it includes some noteworthy cartography: California as an Island, Korea as an Island, and a detailed and unusual rendering of Australia.

Condition Description
Old outline hand-color. Minor marginal staining.
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.