Bosphorus – Anaplus Bosphori Tracii
Royal cartography: rare and spectacular
Date of first edition: 1666
Date of this map: 1666
Dimensions (not including margins): 41 x 53 cm
Condition: Excellent. Strong paper and wide margins. Soft outlining old colouring.
Condition rating: A+
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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Where history never stops…
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This is the rare second state of the view, with the roundel at the right including the portrait of Sultan Murad III, which is blank in state 1.