Paris: Nicolas Sanson.
Map. Uncolored copper engraving. Image measures 15 3/4" x 19 3/4". c.1660.
This elegant circa 1660 map by Nicolas Sanson features the famous French winemaking region of Champagne and the cheese making region of Brie. It extends south from the regions of Picardie to Burgundy and from Isle de France east to Lorraine. The map notes several towns and rivers with beautifully rendered mountains and forests throughout. An engraved grape surround cartouche features cherubs on the top left and the bottom right scale is surrounded by cherubs with mapping tools. The map has a stain in the upper right margin with minor foxing and minimal wear along the centerfold. Minor edge wear.
Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the founder of the French school of cartography. This map is a fine example of his work, and a pleasure to see black and white.