c1705 Engraved Map of Mexico by Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville


A rare uncoloured map titled ‘T’ GEBIEDT MEXICO’, that illustrates Map of Mexico including the Yucatan peninsula, part of present-day Guatemala and Honduras.

Includes settlements and an indication of topography. Derived from an earlier map by Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville. Revised and enlarged translation, by Simon de Vries, of the ‘Nouvelle Méthode pour Apprendre Facilement la Géographie Universelle’. This Dutch translation is an enlarged edition of the German edition which includes a description of America and the founding of New Amsterdam. The relief is shown pictorially. It is nicely detailed, although much of the topography is sketchy and incorrect. It is beautifully engraved and adorned with a decorative title cartouche. It was originally drawn c1650 by Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville (Geographer to the King of France) and was later published by Francois Halma, in Amsterdam, in 1705.

The map is in very good condition and has been mounted, framed in black and glazed.
Nicolas Sanson (1600 – 1667) was a French cartographer, termed by some the creator of French geography, in which he's been called the "father of French cartography." In 1627 he attracted the attention of Cardinal Richelieu by a map of Gaul, which he had constructed when only eighteen. Sanson became the royal geographer. He gave lessons in geography both to Louis XIII and to Louis XIV; and when Louis XIII, it is said, came to Abbeville, he stayed as the guest of Sanson, then employed on the fortifications. At the conclusion of this visit the king made Sanson a councillor of state. After his death, Hubert Jaillot collected Sanson's maps in an Atlas nouveau, in 1692.

Size image: 29 x 18 cm (11 ½ x 7 inches)
Size frame: 42 x 31 x 1 cm (16 ½ x 12 ¼ x 3/8 inches)
Weight: 920 g