1735 Sanson - Amerique Septentrionale par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy [misshapen Great Lakes]
SOLD: Small 1735 French map with California as an Island and misshapen Great Lakes
Amerique Septentrionale par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geographe du Roy
Nicolas Sanson, Introduction a l'histoire de l'Asie, de l'Afrique et de l'Amerique... par Mr. Bruzen la Martiniere (Zachariah Chatelain)
14.5 x 16.5 cm (5¾ x 6½ in)
Uncommon little map originally produced c. 1683 with California depicted as an island with an indented northern shore. All five Great Lakes are shown, but are still misshapen and open to the west. The Mississippi River has numerous tributaries, but barely rises above Spanish Florida with no obvious origin, unlike Sanson's earlier maps that show the river originating in a Canadian Lake named "Lac des Sioux".
There are many place names within Nouveau Mexique including Santa Fe and Grenade. The R. de Nort drains into the Gulf of California from a large interior lake in the country of Les Apaches. The British colonies are shown simply as Nouvelle Angleterre and Virginie.
Decorative title cartouche in upper right. Tom: II Pag: 110 at upper right above neatline.
Old folds, very good.
McLaughlin, Glen, Nancy H. Mayo, and Marianne Hinckle. The Mapping of California as an Island: An Illustrated Checklist. Saratoga, CA: California Map Society, 1995, 91.