Nicolas Sanson's circa 1651 double-page engraved map of Europe, a super example of the 17th century French School of mapmaking.
The aesthetics of the map are characteristic of Sanson; it utilizes attractive typography and a well-engraved cartouche, in this case, a wreath of leaves.
Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps. His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Previously, Sanson had worked primarily with the publisher Melchior Tavernier. Mariette purchased Tavernier’s business in 1644. Sanson worked with Mariette until 1657, when the latter died. Mariette’s son, also Pierre, helped to publish the Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde.