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Finely colored example of Sanson's 1656 double-page engraved map of Peru, extending from the Pacific to the mouth of the Amazon River and tracking the Amazon to its sources in the Andes.

A massive mythical Lake Parime is shown.

The Rio Paraguay o di Plata is shown, extending to its source at Lago de los Xaraios.

The map has a large decorative cartouche.

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.