Sanson's Map of the Philippines, &c.
Early map of the region bounded by Taiwan in the north, Cambodia, the Straits of Malaca, Sumatra, the northwest coast of Australia and the Ladrones, centered on the Philippines.
One of the earliest maps of the region printed for a French Atlas.
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.