Arabian Peninsula 1654 Nicolas Sanson Unusual Large Antique Map 17th Century
CARTE DES TROIS ARABIES, Tirée en Partie de l'Arabe de Nubie, en partie de divers Autheurs, Par le S. SANSON d'Abbeville Géographe ordinaire du Roy, A PARIS, Chez Pierre Mariette, rue St Jacques a l'Esperance, Avec Privilege pour Vingt Ans 1654. The map is engraved by Jean Pruthenus Somer. This map seems to be the first large map entirely devoted to the Arabian Peninsula containing recent informations on the subject. On the drawing of the Red Sea, the southern part is noticeably wider, to the point where its shape resembles that found on Ptolemaic maps, especially since a number of large islands have been included. The Arabian Gulf is named Golfe de Balsera, Mer d'El Cattif and Golfe de Perse. The island of Kharj appears with this name for the first time. We see on the map a lot of towns in different regions of the peninsula, including in the centre as Hagiar, Hadrama, Lamama, and Salamia. Regions located on pilgrims' routes are clearly indicated, such as Lathreb, Badrahenen, Al-Jâr, Gioffa, Cadaid, Asffan and Doumat al-Jandal. The town of El Cattif is placed to the south of its true position in the region of Bahrain, which was called in the past the region of El Cattif. The same is true for Al-Asha which is situated directly on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. Some other towns are situtaed on the map: Sanaa and Saada. Mountains are placed all across the Arabian Peninsula with clear geographical errors, and the shapes and extent of the ranges have been exagerated.
Asmall range is shown along the north of the peninsula between Arabia Petrée and Arabia Deserte, and the rest of the peninsula is named Hyaman and Arabie Heureuse apart from a region on the Arabian Gulf named Bahraim. The map shows also watercourses which appears to be large rivers, and three lakes: the first is in Oman, the second is in Yemen, and the third is in the centre of the Arabian Peninsula. A decorative cartouche in upper part of the map. This is a clear and very nice map of the Arabian Peninsula. Active from 1627, Sanson published its first major map, the Postes de France, in 1632, with the publisher Melchior Tavernier.
After the publication of a few general atlases alone, he worked with the print editor Pierre Mariette. Nicholas Sanson was the first in France to realise a World atlas. Edition: Paris, chez Pierre Mariette, dated 1654, XVIIe Century. Size with margins : 59,7 x 43,2 cm / 23,2 x 16,9 inches. Condition : good condition, handed colored.
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- Cartographer/Publisher: Nicholas Sanson
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Year: 1654
- Date Range: 1600-1699