First edition of Sanson's map of Southern Sweden and a portion of Norway, from Gothenberg to Oslo.
This map shows the Skaraborg/Alvsborg region in Southern Sweden, divided into its counties and marking the cities of Lidkoping, Mariestad and Goteborg and the Vanern & Vattern Lakes. The map is highly accurate and shows many place names, rivers, mountains, etc. In the upper center is a large floral title cartouche.
Nicolas Sanson (1600-67) was an influential cartographer who is described by many authorities as the founder of the French School of Geography. In his early days he was tutor to Louis XIII and after his death in 1667, the business was continued by his three sons, Nicolas, Adrian and Guillaume. Later, his grandson, Pierre Moulard-Sanson and then his nephew, Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, continued the firm until the end of the eighteenth century.
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.