First edition of the Sanson-Marriette map of North America, first issued in 1669.
Produced by Guillaume Sanson and Pierre Mariette, after the death of Guillaume's father Nicolas in 1667, this map is a reduced-size copy of Nicolas Sanson's 4-sheet wall map of North America, published in 1666, which survives in only 2 known examples (one dated 1666, one dated 1667). Burden describes the wall map as:
an amalgam of Sanson's own folio maps of Le Canada ou Nouvelle France and Le Nouveau Mexique, et La Floride, both published in 1656. Only two differences have been noted: C.. Blanco is omitted from California and the Outer Banks on the east coast are improved, being slightly more pronounced. This is reminiscent of Joan Blaeu's own North American wall map, 1659. (Burden 396)
In this new map of 1669, Sanson adds further improvements to the map, including adding back C. Blanco in California and adding the R. de Nort (Hudson River) on the East Coast.
The Guillaume Sanson map of North America is much scarcer than the 1650 map by his father, this being only our second example in the past 20 years.
The son of famous French cartographer Nicolas Sanson, Guillaume (1633-1703) carried on his father's work. Like his sire, he was a court geographer to Louis XIV. He often worked in partnership with another prominent cartographer of the time, Hubert Jaillot.