Stock No. 3406MS
Copper-engraved map, plate 192 x 267 mm., sheet about 230 x 335 mm., central vertical fold as issued, for Sanson’s L’Afrique, first edition, 1656, (dated in cartouche). Madeira inset upper left. Hand-coloured. Minor worming (repaired) at edge of upper margin and also at extremities of side margins – all well away from printed area, and a tiny rust spot just outside platemark at left. Otherwise fine, a crisp, clean example of the scarce original printing.
Nicolas Sanson (1660-1667) was a historian and geographer, the most important French cartographer of the seventeenth century and the founder of the French school. L’Afrique is one section of his great work, Cartes Générales de Toutes les Parties du Monde (1654-1676).