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L'Hydrographie ou Description de L'Eau..
Selling price: $900
A large Terre de Iecco reaching till California. In upper border a 7 line manuscript note a bout the discoveries by De Vries of Hokkaido. Of particular interest is the outline of Beach or Australia, which has taken on a more insular form, reflecting a hazy knowledge of current Dutch discoveries, while two different version of New Guinea's coast are shown. The Distrait d'Anian now just north of the island of California.
This edition carries the date 1654.
Nicolas Sanson was to bring about the rise of French cartography, although the fierce competition of the Dutch would last until the end of the century. His success was partly owing to the partnership with the publisher Pierre Mariette. In 1644 the latter had purchased the business of Melchior Tavernier, and helped Sanson with financial support in producing the maps. In 1657 Pierre Marriette died, however his son, also named Pierre, co-published Les Cartes Générales de toutes les parties du Monde. the following year. It was the first folio French produced world atlas.
Reference: Shirley, World, 394
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