Rare antique map of South America - 1656 AD
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Rare antique map of South America - 1656 AD

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Original hand-colored continental map of South America by the French cartographer Nicolas Sanson from 1656 AD.

  • 16 x 24 in
  • Printed on German etching paper by Hahnemühle meeting the highest industry standards of fine art printing

  • With this atlas, Sanson laid the foundations of French domination in map production, initiating the so-called "French school of cartography," a school that was unprecedented in its attention to precision and scientific detail
  • The original publication of these maps by Nicolas Sanson is worth over $130.000
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Nicola Sanson was a French cartographer from the 17th century, termed by some the "father of French cartography." Born in Abbeville, a town in the Picardy region of France, in 1600, Sanson was the most noted French cartographer in modern history.

Mapmaker to Louis XIV, King of France, Sanson endowed his maps with the most recent geographical information as well as the finest and sharpest engraving of the period.

His "Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde" was the most important single product of French commercial cartography of the seventeenth century. Sanson sparked a renaissance in geographical endeavor in his native country, which had not been a major player on the international cartographic stage since the great Oronce Finé in the sixteenth century.

With this atlas, Sanson laid the foundations of French domination in map production, initiating the so-called "French school of cartography," a school that was unprecedented in its attention to precision and scientific detail and discarded much of the decorative embellishments of previous maps as irrelevant. From Sanson's time in the second half of the seventeenth century until the latter part of the eighteenth century, French geographical conceptions were more influential than those put forward by any other nation.

With this landmark atlas, Sanson all but single-handedly caused the center of cartographic innovation to shift from Holland to France.