Bosphorus – Anaplus Bosphori Tracii

by Guillaume Sanson

Royal cartography: rare and spectacular


Date of first edition:  1666

Date of this map: 1666

Dimensions (not including margins): 41,3 x 53,3 cm

Dimensions (not including margins): 45,6 x 58,3 cm

Condition: Excellent. Strong paper and wide margins. Soft outlining old colouring.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: blank



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Southeast Europe
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The rise of French cartography

Starting in the fourth quarter of the 17th century Paris (and thus French cartography) will gradually start replacing Amsterdam as the central production site for mapmaking.

Nicolas Sanson (1600- 1667) is more or less regarded as the father of French cartography. He became chief cartographer under Louis XIV. One of his sons, Guillaume (1633-1703) will take over this position. The latter’s map of 1666 shows the Bosphorus Strait, with a length of 32 km between the Sea of ​​Marmara to the south and the Black Sea in the north (Pontus Euxinus). The Bosphorus separates Europe from Asia. Bottom left in pink lies Constantinople.

The data for this map were provided by Pierre Gilles and go back to 1561.

Sanson mentions in the cartouche that he has obtained a privilege for 20 years to produce this map.

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