Nouvelle Guinee et Carpentarie


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Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Denys Thierry
Date Published: 1688

Description: Map. Copper plate engraving. Image measures 6.5 x 4.5".

Comments: This early map of the Australian coast includes Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpenteria. Published in 1688, the map dates to the period of European exploration of the region prior to colonial involvement. It also predates the cartographic acceptance of the Torres Strait between New Guinea and the coastline of Carpentaria, which was discovered by Luís Vaz de Torres in the early 17th century but not validated until the 1760s. The map is beautifully engraved and hand colored with a charming red and gold border, to which a trompe-l'oeil draped cloth bearing the map's title is affixed. The map is from the French edition of Mallet's "Description de L'Univers." It is in very good condition with no chips or tears. Minor discoloration along the margins due to age. French text on verso. 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: 250635

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By This Author: MANESSON-MALLET, Allain
By This Publisher: Denys Thierry
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