[British Isles] Carte Générale des Royaume d’Angleterre Ecosse et Irlande
Stock No. 3217MC
Copper engraving by Melchior Tavernier for Nicolas Sanson, 1640. Image 407 x 535 mm., sheet 435 x 565 mm. Original outline colouring. Central vertical fold, vertical crease down right-hand section of sheet, otherwise a very good example with good margins and no significant toning. An early Sanson, and his first map of the British Isles, on his own slightly eccentric projection. Shirley (Early Printed Maps of the British Isles) 506.
Nicolas Sanson ( 1600-1667), generally considered the father of the great age of French cartography, was appointed Geographer to the King by Louis XIII. His first atlases were published in the 1650s. After his death, his business was carried on by his three sons, who published many of his maps still unpublished at his death. In all he produced about 300 maps.