Map. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 7.5" x 10". 1680.
This map of southeast Asia and the East Indies is essentially two maps on a single sheet. The map on the left depicts the northern portion of the India Ganges region, representing Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, while the map of the right depicts the southern portion and includes the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Sumatra. The most interesting feature is the Lacus Chimay (Chimay Lake), the mythical lake located in northern Burma which was believed to be the source of the river system in Southeast Asia. Important towns and cities are identified with beautifully rendered topography depicted in profile. Map is in very good condition with some toning along original centerfold, which shows repairs on verso. Minimal foxing.
Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the founder of the French school of cartography. In reaction to the prevailing trend of Dutch lavishness, Sanson favored minimal details, focusing rather on accurate cartography than ornament. This map is a fine example of his work.