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    Sale 7576

    Foljambe Collection Removed from Osberton Hall

    30 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 99

    SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667). Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde. Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1665.

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    SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667). Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde. Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1665.

    2° (439 x 301mm). Text: title, letterpress map list (2p.), and two appendices only: Sanson's 'Table alphabetique de toutes les villes ... dans la carte d'Italie' (38p.) and 'Table alphabetique de toutes les ... villes ... dans la carte du Rein', Paris: 1646 (12 double-pages, blank on verso). Maps: 134 double-page engraved maps by P. Mariette after Sanson (of a possible 171 listed by Pastoureau). Extra-illustrated with a further 62 maps after Sanson and other French and Dutch cartographers, including P. du Val, P. de la Rue, C. Danckerts, J. Jansson, and J. and H. Hondius. The maps double-page or in a few cases folding, usually hand-coloured in outline, mounted on guards and continuously numbered in manuscript up to 195, including 46 bis. (Map of Paraguay heavily stained at upper margin, that of southern South America restored with loss to sea area, a few small repairs elsewhere, map of Corsica and Sardinia slightly waterstained, marginal waterstaining affecting several other maps, some browning to additional maps and occasional shaving of borders, lower corners curling slightly through most of the vol.) 18th-century English half calf and blue marbled boards (joints cracked, extremities rubbed). Provenance: extensive ms alterations to map list, ms numbering; ms 'Table des Cartes' (4p.) in a different hand -- Francis Ferrand Foljambe (stamp on title and binding).

    SECOND EDITION OF THE FIRST MAJOR FRENCH WORLD ATLAS, including the latest discoveries in the New World. 'Amerique sepentrionale', dated 1650, shows the Great Lakes for the first time; these also appear in the 1656 map of Canada. The map of New Mexico and Florida, also 1656, introduced California as an island. South America is mapped in great detail, and a double hemisphere map is devoted to the two poles. The 'Table des Cartes' calls for a total of 166 maps, 134-166 being maps of the ancient world which were clearly never bound into this copy. The extra-illustrated maps can be identified by their slightly smaller size, and not only include additional maps by Sanson but, more unusually, a significant contribution by other cartographers. Of particular interest are Sanson's Paraguay and the large number of island maps -- Cyprus, 'Isle de Candie' (P. du Val, 1667), Malta, Japan, 'Les Isles Canaries' (P. du Val 1653), Madagascar, Crete, 'Les Isles Terceres' (P. du Val), the tiny 'Isle de Saincte Christophle' divided into English and French territories, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Also tipped in are a contemporary English print, 'The Committee or Popery in Masquerade', and two portraits of Everard Maynwaring and Edward Hatton. Cropping to the numerals indicates that the maps were bound subsequently to being numbered. The maps called for by Pastoureau but not present are the maps of the ancient world [98-113], the British Isles and North of Ireland [116, 124], 'L'Espagne subdivisée' [141], 'L'Italie et les Isles circomvoisines' [144], and the historic maps of Asia Minor [155-171]. Pastoureau Sanson-VB.


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