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Author: Le sieur Sanson d' Abbeville
Date published: 1652
Long title: Royaume de Navarre Divise en six merindades. Copper engraving with outline hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 44.3cms X 40.7cms; image size: 407mm x 52.8mm. Decorative map of the province Navarra in Northern Spain centered on the city of Pamplona. Small nick at extreme right edge of centrefold and one mark bottom margin else very good condition. Nicolas Sanson was instrumental in the rise of French cartography, although the fierce competition of the Dutch would last until the end of the century. His success was partly owing to the partnership with the publisher Pierre Mariette. In 1644 the latter had purchased the business of Melchior Tavernier, and helped Sanson with financial support in producing the maps. In 1657 Pierre Marriette died, however his son, also named Pierre, co-published "Les Cartes Générales de toutes les parties du Monde."" the following year. It was the first folio French produced world atlas."