Ch. de Cracovie

MANESSON-MALLET, Allain

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Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Denys Thierry
Date Published: 1683

Description: Panorama. Copper plate engraving. Image measures 5.75 x 4".

Comments: This rare miniature view of Krakow shows the oldest city in Poland in the late 17th century. In the immediate foreground of the scene, three silhouetted men look out over a panorama of the city on a hill, with its buildings spreading out beneath the towering turrets and waving flags of Wawel Castle and Cathedral. To the right, the Vistula River appears filled shipping barges that show the city's bustling trade. Above the scene, a banner bearing the title of the view flutters in the wind. Dark, vivid impression with small holes in the sky and narrow margins. Slight image loss in lower right corner. Text on verso is scraped. Allain Manesson-Mallet (1630-1706) advanced from his position of musket bearer under Louis XIV to eventually occupy the position of "maitre de mathematiques" to the French King. He was the author and engraver of "Description de L'Univers," a five-volume survey of the world that included maps of the ancient and modern world, star maps, illustrations of flora and fauna, and information on the customs, religion and government of the many nations included in the text. When it was published, the text was the largest and most comprehensive work of its type. Intended to entertain its readers, Mallet's "Description" is a time capsule of the 17th-century world. Despite its condition, this view is still a wonderful find.

Binding: unbound
Language: English
Type: Maps

Book ID: 243900


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