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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; they are known for their clean style and extensive research. Sanson was largely responsible for beginning the shift of cartographic production and excellence from Amsterdam to Paris in the later-seventeenth century.

Sanson was born in Abbeville in Picardy. He made his first map at age twenty, a wall map of ancient Gaul. Upon moving to Paris, he gained the attention of Cardinal Richelieu, who made an introduction of Sanson to King Louis XIII. This led to Sanson's tutoring of the king and the granting of the title ingenieur-geographe du roi

His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Early in his career, Sanson 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 (1658), Sanson' atlas and the first French world atlas.

Place/Date:
Paris / 1643
Size:
16.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50473
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1683 ?
Size:
6.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
67116
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44638
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
67705
Place/Date:
Paris / 1651 circa
Size:
15.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50431
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
52932
Place/Date:
Frankfurt / 1679
Size:
12 x 8.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
64329
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
65680
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656
Size:
21 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44527
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
22 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
68615

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Place/Date:
Paris / 1704
Size:
20 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
21420
Place/Date:
Paris / 1641
Size:
16 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50505
Place/Date:
Paris / 1632
Size:
16 x 20.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50445
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1667
Size:
7.5 x 10.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
61013
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2695
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
8616
Place/Date:
Paris / 1654
Size:
11 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
0246gh
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
21.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
36333
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1683 ?
Size:
9 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
49327
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
11 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49676
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
7.5 x 9.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49849
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
11 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49997
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50545
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50597
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
23 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50476
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1663
Size:
11.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
60965
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2687
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2690
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2698
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
2712
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
3021
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
27888
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
27913
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
29494
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
11 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
36009
Place/Date:
Paris / 1658 circa
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
38938
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49538
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49771
Place/Date:
Paris / 1641
Size:
16 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50508
Place/Date:
Paris / 1655
Size:
21 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50424
Place/Date:
Paris / 1658
Size:
16 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50443
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
24455
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
22 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
1030hh
Place/Date:
Paris / 1666
Size:
21 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
1038hh
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
2716
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
2717
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
21 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
24459
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
22 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
1033hh
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1692 circa
Size:
12 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
27073
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
27669
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
27940