Striking example of Sanson's map of ancient Africa, with a wonderful cartouche adorned with eagles.
The map is richly engraved and highly detailed, with nice detail in the interior, including a remarkable (and highly inaccurate) treatment of the source of the Nile.
The collector should note that this map is quite different from the later Sansons & Mariette Africa Vetus, which can be seen here: http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/36324
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.