Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
JCB Archive of Early American Images
Accession number:
C-7616
Record number:
C-7616
JCB call number:
Cabinet B668 SaG690
Image title:
Atlantis Insula, à Nicolao Sanson Antiquitati Restituta
Creator 1:
Guillaume Sanson
Creator 1 dates:
1633-1703
Place image published:
[Paris]
Image publisher:
[Guillaume Sanson]
Image date:
1690
Image function:
separate map
Technique:
engraving, hand coloring
Image dimension height:
39.8 cm.
Image dimension width:
56 cm.
Page dimension height:
44.8 cm.
Page dimension width:
59.9 cm.
Materials medium:
ink, colors
Materials support:
paper
Inscription:
500--
Languages:
Latin
Description:
Map of North and South America with the northwestern coast of North America blank and California shown as an island. Cartographic elements include parabolic lines of longitude. Decorative cartouche is bordered by vegetation. Neptune with trident and riding on a shell is escorted by putti or angels.
Narrative on the map interprets New World geography in the light of the works of classical authors. Quotations come from Plato's Timeaus and Critias, suggesting that the Atlantans had invaded Europe in ancient times. Seneca and Claudius Aelianus are also quoted on the future existence of the New World and its distance from the Old World.
notes:
This map shows the New World as Plato's Atlantis and purports to show the earth some 200,000 years before its settlement by humans. According to the legend, Neptune divided up the land masses for his 10 sons. This map was originally the work of Nicolas Sanson; his son Guillaume added the names of the demigods to the land in the western hemisphere.
Time Period:
1651-1700
Subject Area:
Geography, maps, city views and plans
geographic area:
Guianas; Caribbean Islands; North America; Brazil; Spanish America
Subject headings:
Western Hemisphere--Maps
References:
Burden, P.D. Mapping of North America, 405 (state 3, 1690)
Provenance/Donor:
Acquired in 1976.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Commentary:

Atlantis Insula, à Nicolao Sanson Antiquitati Restituta