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Les Isles Molucques, Celebes, Gilolo & c.
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Nicolas Sanson (1600-67), father of the French cartography was born in Abbeville, where as a young man he studied history, particularly of the ancient world. It is said that he turned to cartography only as a means of illustrating his historical work. For this purpose he prepared a number of beautifully drawn maps, one of which, after his move to Paris, came to the attention of Louis XIII. In due course the King appointed him Geographe Ordinaire du Roi, one of his duties being to tutor the King in geography.
He produced the atlas Cartes générales de toutes les parties du Monde, 1658-70 and a pocket atlas in 4 parts (1656-1705). This map is from Sanson's pocket atlas published by F.Halma.
Engraved by Peyrounin.
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