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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 / 1648
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22545
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49348
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1687
Size:
12 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
49391
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
11 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49688
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49881
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
11 x 6.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49949
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49951
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1683)
Size:
10.5 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50347
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
14.5 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50450
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
14.5 x 17.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50446
Place/Date:
Paris / 1654
Size:
15 x 19 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50455
Place/Date:
Paris / 1651 circa
Size:
15.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50431
Place/Date:
Paris / 1641
Size:
16 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
50506
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
16 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50448
Place/Date:
Paris / 1643
Size:
16.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
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50473
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
22.5 x 17 inches
Condition:
VG+
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50474
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
16 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG
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50477
Place/Date:
Paris / 1658
Size:
16.5 x 22 inches
Condition:
VG+
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50472
Place/Date:
Paris / 1659
Size:
21 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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50449
Place/Date:
Paris / 1658 circa
Size:
15.5 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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50479
Place/Date:
Paris / 1652
Size:
16 x 21 inches
Condition:
VG+
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50466
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49725
Place/Date:
Paris / 1668
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32329mb
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656
Size:
22 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
57223
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650 circa
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
44638

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Place/Date:
Paris / 1689
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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Paris / 1650
Size:
22 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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4018
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656
Size:
21.5 x 12.5 inches
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VG+
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5634
Place/Date:
Utrecht / 1656
Size:
12 x 8.5 inches
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VG+
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6495
Place/Date:
Italy / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 5.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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6488
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Paris / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 5.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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6604
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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6707
Place/Date:
Paris / 1648
Size:
21 x 15 inches
Condition:
VG
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6711
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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0627
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Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2676
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2679
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2685
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2687
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2690
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2695
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2698
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2701
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2705
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2712
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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Place/Date:
Paris / 1659
Size:
21 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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2650
Place/Date:
Paris / 1650
Size:
22 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2749
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656
Size:
20 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG+
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3178
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG-
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3021
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
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2716
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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2717
Place/Date:
Paris / 1656 (1679)
Size:
21.5 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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1113p
Place/Date:
Italy / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 5.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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7034
Place/Date:
Paris / 1662
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
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7399
Place/Date:
Paris / 1669
Size:
17.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG
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7569
Place/Date:
Paris / 1665
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10 x 8 inches
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VG+
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7691
Place/Date:
Paris / 1668
Size:
21.5 x 16 inches
Condition:
VG
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7501
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1662)
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10 x 8 inches
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Paris / 1682
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10 x 8 inches
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VG+
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8061
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Paris / 1657 ?
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
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5404
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657 (1682)
Size:
10 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
8099
Place/Date:
Paris / 1683
Size:
6.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
8609
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
8616
Place/Date:
Paris / 1657
Size:
10 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
8617