Abbeville: Nicolas Sanson, 1652.
Map. Engraving with original outline hand coloring. Image measures 15 1/2" x 20 1/2". Shows light foxing and some mat burn.
A beautiful and unususual double hemisphere hydrological world map from the mid 17th century. Shows and highlights all bodies of water including oceans, gulfs, lakes, straits, and rivers. Wonderful light hachure marks hint of a land mass in Terre Australe. Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the founder of the French school of cartography. In reaction to the prevailing trend of Dutch baroque design, Sanson favored minimal details, focusing rather on accurate cartography than ornament. Shirley, R.W. (World) 394