5 April 2016
SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicolas (1600-1667). Description de tout L'Univers en plusieurs cartes, & en divers traitez de Geographie et d'Histoire ... par Mrs Sanson Pere & Fils. Amsterdam: Francois Halma, 1700.
6 parts in one volume, including Bion's L'Usage des globes and Luyts' Tables, 4° (223 x 170 mm). Double-page letterpress title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, hand-colored initials and headpieces, double-page engraved frontispiece (dated 1760) and 72 (of 74) maps (lacking “Amerique Septentrionale” and “Isles Bermudes”), the Bion with one double-page celestial map and 14 diagrams (10 folding), ALL COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND. (Some light browning.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, old spine laid down). Provenance: Baltazar Ciecierski (born 1680), court official of Drohiczyn, in Poland (inscribed on first dedication leaf “Ex biblioteca M. Balthasaris Ciecierskei [...]”)
Sanson's gentleman's pocket atlas, with Bion's useful work on globes. Although this atlas is always listed under Nicolas Sanson, it is essentially Francois Halma's plagiarised pocket version of the Sanson atlas, with the map divided into Continent groups. Halma (1653-1722) also reprinted Mercator's Ptolemy and Bonfrere's Geography for the growing French market. See Koeman Hal 1; Phillips 528.
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