Auction with Sanson Atlas 30 september 2020
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Sold at auction on September 30, 2020
SANSON, N. - Le Monde par Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville, Geographe ordinaire du Roy. A Paris chez N. Langlois rue St. Jacques à la Victoire, c. 1662-1664.
Binding used, spine faded, lack of skin at lower spine end, weak hinges, rubbed cardboard covers, corners trimmed. Water staining in the margins throughout the atlas partly affecting the maps. Some restored and reinforced maps.
Unrecorded edition by Nicolas Langlois of Nicolas Sanson’s world atlas, probably published ca. 1662-1664. The atlas includes an unusual engraved title-page « Le Monde par Nicolas Sanson d’Abbeville, Geographe ordinaire du Roy. A Paris chez N. Langlois rue St. Jacques à la Victoire. Avec Privil. du Roi ». The title is printed inside an engraved motif depicting a wreath of flowers.
Followed by 4 pages of an alphabetical list of the maps in manuscript. The maps are numbered in pen and ink at the top right corner. The most recent map is dated 1661.
The atlas is probably, an unrecorded, intermediate edition of Sanson's atlas "Les Cartes Générales de toutes les parties du Monde", which was published by Pierre Mariette in 1658 (edition A) and in 1665 (edition B), and was the first folio French produced world atlas.
The date of publication of this atlas is probably between 1662, the year in which Pierre II Mariette obtains the right to print the maps of Sanson, and 1664, in which year N. Langlois inherits part of the stock of his father.
The atlas also includes maps by Pierre Duval, Philippe Briet, Philippe de La Rue, M. Tavernier and Pierre Mariette. The atlas seems to be the result of the collaboration between Pierre Mariette II and his stepson François Langlois.
Reference. : Pastoureau, Sanson V A et V B.
Pierre Mariette II, publisher and map and printseller, is the son of Pierre Mariette I (1603? -1657), who was also a publisher and map and printseller. Mariette II, established in February 1655 and in April of that year he married Madeleine de Collemont, widow of the print editor François Langlois called Ciartres, from whom he took over the stock.
In January 1662 he obtained permission to engrave and print the maps composed by Nicolas Sanson. However, in 1664, after the death of his wife Madeleine de Collemont, only 68 copper plates from Sanson's world atlas were in Mariette's hands. The other copper plates are then in the hands of Sanson to whom they are returned on April 24 by Mariette and Langlois.
Nicolas Langlois (1640-1703) is a bookseller, engraver, publisher and print & mapseller. He is the son of the Parisian bookseller and printseller François Langlois. He became master on July 29, 1655, on the condition of not establishing a partnership with Pierre Mariette II, second husband of his mother Madeleine de Collemont, widow of François Langlois. On the death of his mother (1664), however, he inherited part of his father's stock.