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1. Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville. “Audience De Guadalajara, Nouveau Mexique, Californie, &c” (Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1662 [1657]). Second state. Published in L'Amerique en plusieurs cartes. Copperplate engraving with original outline hand color. 8 x 9 3/8" at neat line, plus full margins. Sheet size: 9 3/4 x 13". Ornate title cartouche with wings. A finely engraved example of this important map, attractive and scarce in the quarto edition. Fine condition.

Price: SOLD.

First issued in 1657, Nicholas Sanson’s famous map of California and New Mexico is a reduced version of the left half of his epic Le Nouveau Mexique et La Floride of the previous year. No earlier map accentuated insular California so much, presenting for the first time the so-called second Sanson model of California as an island, a new shape that became quite influential for subsequent cartographers. Other specifics of the map reflect the most up-to-date knowledge of the area at the time: new place names appear in the New Mexico region (e.g., Taos, Santa Fe), as well as new Indian tribes and other ethnographic details. Sanson’s model of California as an island became the prototype for both sea and land atlases that showed this area in isolation until the late eighteenth century.

Refs.: Burden, The Mapping of North America, 327 (illus.); Leighley, California as an Island, no. 28, plate IX; Martin and Martin, Maps of Texas and the Southwest, p. 83; McLaughlin and Mayo, The Mapping of California as an Island, no. 16 (incorrectly identified); Potter, Antique Maps, p. 160; Phillips, Atlases, 1153; Tooley, Mapping of America, p. 116, no. 15; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. I, p. 40, no. 54.

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