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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 / 1650
Size:
22 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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72238
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
22 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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74364
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
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22.5 x 17 inches
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VG+
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50474
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
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16 x 22 inches
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VG
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50477
Place/Date:
Paris / 1658
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16.5 x 22 inches
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VG+
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50472
Place/Date:
Paris / 1659
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16 x 21 inches
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VG+
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50449
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
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10 x 7.5 inches
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VG+
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49951
Place/Date:
Amsterdam / 1657 (1683)
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10 x 8 inches
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VG+
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61881
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
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22 x 16.5 inches
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VG
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64133
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
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19.5 x 16 inches
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VG
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22545
Place/Date:
Paris / 1655
Size:
20.5 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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73165
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
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9.5 x 7 inches
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VG+
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71209
Place/Date:
Paris / 1641
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16 x 21 inches
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VG+
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50506
Place/Date:
Paris / 1643
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22 x 16.5 inches
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VG
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50473
Place/Date:
Padova / 1666
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20 x 16 inches
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VG+
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74662
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
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11 x 7.5 inches
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VG+
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49688
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Paris / 1697
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7.5 x 9.5 inches
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VG
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72979
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Paris / 1654
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15 x 19 inches
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VG+
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Paris / 1657
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9.5 x 7.5 inches
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Paris / 1683
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9.5 x 7.5 inches
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VG+
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49881
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Paris / 1651 circa
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15.5 x 22 inches
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Paris / 1665
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10 x 8 inches
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Utrecht / 1665
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9.5 x 8 inches
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Utrecht / 1663
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11.5 x 7.5 inches
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Paris / 1657 (1683)
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11 x 7 inches
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Paris / 1657 (1683)
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8 x 11.5 inches
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Paris / 1658 circa
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11.5 x 15.5 inches
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Paris / 1657 (1683)
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9.5 x 7.5 inches
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Paris / 1657 (1683)
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Utrecht / 1667
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11 x 8 inches
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Paris / 1650
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Paris / 1650
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Paris / 1683
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Paris / 1650
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21.5 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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Paris / 1650
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21.5 x 15.5 inches
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Paris / 1650
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Amsterdam / 1683
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9 x 7 inches
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Frankfurt / 1679
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10 x 8 inches
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13545
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Frankfurt / 1679
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Italy / 1683
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Paris / 1657
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Paris / 1683
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Amsterdam / 1683 ?
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Amsterdam / 1683 ?
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Paris / 1683
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Paris / 1683
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Paris / 1683
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Paris / 1657
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Paris / 1657
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Paris / 1657 (1683)
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Paris / 1657
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
21.5 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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40131
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
21.5 x 15.5 inches
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VG
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47024
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
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21.5 x 15.5 inches
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VG+
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49036