Nicolas Sanson (1600-67)


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Nicolas Sanson was born in Abbeville where as a young man he studied history, particularly the ancient world, and it is said that he turned to cartography only as a means of illustrating his historical work. For this purpose he prepared a number of beautifully drawn maps, one of which came to the attention of Louis XIII. In due course the King appointed him “ Geographe Ordinaire du Roi”.

In preparation of his major atlas, “Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde”, Sanson employed a number of engravers, one of whom, M. Tavernier engraved important maps showing the post roads, rivers and waterway system of France (1632-34) and a map of the British Isles (1640). In all Sanson produced about 300 maps of which two of North America were particularly influential: “Amerique Septentrionale” (1650) and Le Canada ou Nouvelle France (1656).

After Sansons death the business was carried on by his two surviving sons and grandson, in partnership with A.H. Jaillot. It is generally accepted that the great age of French cartography originated with the work of Nicolas Sanson but credit must go also to A. H. Jaillot (1632 – 1712) and Pierre Duval for re-engraving his maps, many still unprinted after his death, and re-publishing them in face of strong competition from the Dutch, who continued to dominate the market until the end of the 17th century.

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1650 Nicolas Sanson Antique Map of The Holy Lands, Canaan

1650 Nicolas Sanson Antique Map of The Holy Lands, Canaan

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This beautifully hand coloured original antique map of the Holy Land and the Land of Canaan was engraved by Jon Somer and was published by Nicholas Sanson in the 1650 edition ofCartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde. 

Canaan is an ancient term for a region encompassing modern-day Israel, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and adjoining coastal lands, including parts of Jordan, Syria and northeastern Egypt. In the Hebrew Bible, the "Land of Canaan" extends from Lebanon southward across Gaza to the "Brook of Egypt" and eastward to the Jordan River Valley. In far ancient times, the southern area included various ethnic groups. The Amarna Letters found in Ancient Egypt mention Canaan (Akkadian: Kinaḫḫu) in connection with Gaza and other cities along the Phoenician coast and into Upper Galilee. Many earlier Egyptian sources also mention numerous military campaigns conducted in Ka-na-na, just inside Asia. (Ref:Tooley; Koeman)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Original & later color
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 22 1/2in x 17 1/2in (570mm x 445mm)
Plate size: - 22in x 16 1/2in (560mm x 420mm)
Margins: - Min 1/4in (6mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Worm holes repair to top & bottom centrefold
Verso: - None

$375.00 USD
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1650 Sanson Large Antique Map of the Holy Land - 12 Tribes of Israel

1650 Sanson Large Antique Map of the Holy Land - 12 Tribes of Israel

  • Title :  Terra Promissa in Sortes seu Tribus XII...Auctore de la Rue
  • Ref #:  40680
  • Size:   22 1/2in x 17 1/2in (570mm x 445mm)
  • Date : 1650
  • Condition: (A) Very Good Condition

Description: 
This beautifully hand coloured originalantique map of the Promised Land divided into the 12 tribes by Philippe De la Rue was engraved by John Somer and was published by Nicholas Sanson in the 1650 edition ofCartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde. (Ref:Tooley; Koeman)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Original color
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 22 1/2in x 17 1/2in (570mm x 445mm)
Plate size: - 21in x 16in (535mm x 410m)
Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Small worm holes repaired along top centerfold
Verso: - None

$325.00 USD
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1678 Sanson Large Antique Twin Hemisphere World Map

1678 Sanson Large Antique Twin Hemisphere World Map

  • TitleMappe-Monde ou Carte Generale du Globe Terrestre Represntee en Duex Plan Hemispheres...1678
  • Date : 1678
  • Condition: (A) Very Good Condition
  • Ref:  35022
  • Size: 23 1/2in x 17 1/2in (600mm x 445mm)

Description: 
This large beautifully hand coloured originalantique Twin Hemisphere World Map was engraved by Pierre Mariette and published by Guillaume Sanson in 1678 - dated. 
This elegant map is a progression of Nicolas Sanson's Twin Hemisphere World map of 1651. Nicolas drew this map for his 1660 atlas, and after his death in 1667, his sons Guillaume and Adrien used it in their atlases of 1669 and 1678. 
This edition shows Australia with more definition, this along with Tasmania's coast and a small portion of New Zealand's coastline.

Background:
This map is the first to indicate N. Danemarckwest of the Hudson Bay, here named Mer Christiane. California is shown as an island, and Acoma and Santa Fe are noted in the Southwest, with Acoma shown correctly atop a mesa. The coastline of Asia is shown with the discoveries of the De Vries noted, including Terre de Iesso or Ieco, and a land called Yupi. The Great Lakes are not updated from the 1651 version, and do not show all five lakes. The map is typical of Sanson's "scientific" style of cartography with no decorative elements. 
It was published in conjunction with Pierre Mariette (father and son), who published many of Sanson's works after 1645. (Ref: Shirley; Tooley; Koeman)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Early
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 23 1/2in x 17 1/2in (600mm x 445mm)
Plate size: - 23 1/2in x 15 1/2in (600mm x 395mm)
Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Light soiling
Plate area: - Light soiling, professional repair to & adjacent to centerfold
Verso: - None

$1,250.00 USD
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1689 Sanson Large Antique Map of Central Europe - Poland to France

1689 Sanson Large Antique Map of Central Europe - Poland to France

Description:
This large beautifully hand coloured original antique map of ancient Germany & central Europe stretching from Poland to Italy to Denmark was engraved in 1689 - the date is engraved in the title cartouche - and was published by Nicholas Sanson in his atlas Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde.  (Ref:Tooley; Koeman)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Early color
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 24in x 18 1/2in (610mm x 470mm)
Plate size: - 21 1/2in x 16in (545mm x 405mm)
Margins: - Min 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Very small hole adjacent to top centerfold
Verso: - None

$275.00 USD
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1741 Sanson Large Antique Map of Russia, Eastern Europe, Ukraine - Sarmatia

1741 Sanson Large Antique Map of Russia, Eastern Europe, Ukraine - Sarmatia

  • TitleSarmatia Utraque Europaea et Asiatica...1741
  • Ref #:  50602
  • Size: 27in x 20 1/4in (690mm x 515mm)
  • Date : 1741
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description:
This large beautifully engraved hand coloured original antique map of the ancient region of Sarmatia - stretching from Finland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine to central Asia - was engraved by Pierre Mariette in 1649 - the date is engraved in the dedication cartouche - and was published by Nicholas Sanson in his atlas Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde. 

Background: The territory of Sarmatia was an expansive stretch of land reaching from the Caspian Sea in the East to the Vistula River in the West, and as far south as the Danube. Essentially, Sarmatia was a collection of independent tribes, much like ancient Germania, that encompassed parts of modern Poland. Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Central Asian nations and into central European countries such as Romania and Poland. The Sarmatian people were a blend of Iranian nomadic horse tribes that were likely related to the Scythians.(Ref:Tooley; Koeman)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - White
Age of map color: - Original color
Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 27in x 20 1/4in (690mm x 515mm)
Plate size: - 19in x 16 1/2in (485mm x 420mm)
Margins: - Min 2in (50mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$375.00 USD
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