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Nicolas Sanson's 1643 double-page engraved map of northwestern Italy, from Lake Geneva in the west to the Gulf of Genoa and the Grisons in the east.

The mountains are rendered in a pleasing pictorial fashion.

Condition Description
Old outline hand-color. Trimmed just above neatline at top edge. Scattered light soiling. Printers crease in lower right corner barely affecting image.
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.