Early French map of Tartary, extending from the Caspian to Korey Isle (the Island of Korea).
One of the earliest detailed maps of the region published in France.
The map was prepared by Pierre Marriete for Sanson's Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde ....
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.