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The Course of The Nile To Its Mythical Sources

Fine old color example of this finely engraved map Nubia, Abbysina and surrounding regions, first published by Nicholas Sanson in 1657.

The map shows the course of the Nile River, originating in Zaire or Zebre Lake and Zaflant Lake, to Assuan (Aswan) in southern Egypt.

Sanson was the Royal Geographer to the King of France and perhaps the most important commercial mapmaker of his generation.

Condition Description
Old Color
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.