Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Denys Thierry
Date Published: 1683
Description: Miniature map. Copper plate engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 5 3/4" x 3 7/8". Sheet measures 8" x 5 1/2".
Comments: This miniature bird's-eye view shows the city of London. It depicts the city and its vicinity in exquisite detail with the Thames running through the center. The London Bridge over the river and the 'old' St. Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the distance. The title is printed on a trompe-l'oeil banner. The map appeared in the French edition of Manesson-Mallet's "Description de L'Univers" and bears the text "De l'Europe Figure XVIII" in the top margin. It is in good condition with minor foxing over the right margin. 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. At the time, the text was the largest and most comprehensive work of its kind ever published. Intended to entertain its readers, Mallet's "Description" was a time capsule of the 17th-century world that captured and displayed it in all its splendor.Binding: unbound
Book ID: 263524