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Size: 8" x 10" (engraved surface)
9 1/2" x 12 1/2" (overall).
Title: 'Italie...' Paris, [1648.] From L'Asie, LAffrique, L'Europe, et L'Amerique, en plusieurs cartes nouvelles, et exactes... , Paris, [1660.]
Fine, original, copper-engraved map of Italy, Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, Dalmation Coast, with original outline hand-color, by Nicolas Sanson II (le fils): Engraved by Abraham Peyrounin.
A fine dark impression, bright original colour, heavy paper, large margins, light browning near edges, engraved surface fine. Faint ink stamp of Western Reserve Historical Society on verso.
A beautiful, detailed map with an elegant title cartouche. These quarto maps by Sanson were distributed first in regional atlases (Asia in 1652, Africa in 1656, Europe in 1648, and America in 1658.) The European maps alone among the four regions were the creation of Sanson's son, also named Nicolas, who died at a very young age in 1648. The present map is from a composite atlas comprising all four regions, with a unifying title-page that I cannot find a reference to in standard bibliographic sources. Although undated, the publisher address (rue S. Jacques, a l'Esperance) suggests a date of ca.1660