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The Mapping of North America

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SANSON, Nicolas

Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde, ou les Empires, Monarchies, Republiques, Estats, Peuples & c., de l'Asie, de l'Afrique, de l'Europe & de l'Amerique

Pierre Mariette, Paris, 1658
Folio (440 x 320 mm.), later half vellum, speckled paper boards, with ribbed spine and red calf gilt title label, light wear. Engraved title with woodcut royal arms, manuscript contents list in a contemporary hand bound in at title, printed contents list, 146 double-page engraved maps numbered in ink on verso (contents list calls for 113 maps), with 3 small maps pasted on verso of double-page maps or inserted, hand-coloured in outline (some cartouches with later hand colour), minor browning or staining, some tears and repairs including strengthening (particularly on folding maps), a few maps shaved, otherwise in good condition.
Sanson’s ‘Cartes Générales’ can be considered the first full French world atlas. It was produced in conjunction with Sanson’s associate Pierre Mariette, and dates on individual maps show that the contents were progressively engraved from the late 1630s onwards. The present copy has more maps than is usual, including a long run of ancient geography. Many of the additional maps are by Nolin, Duval, and de Fer, including Nolin’s maps of Canada and America. Provenance: Baron de Lamotte and Bayard de Ferrieres, ink inscriptions on title; Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, bookplate. NMM 3, 271; Pastoureau, Sanson VA; Phillips, Atlases 4260; Shirley, British Library T.SAN-2a.
Stock number: 9303

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