Paris: Denys Thierry, 1683.
Miniature map. Copper plate engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 7 x 4.25". Sheet measures 8.25" x 5.5".
This miniature map of modern Europe extends from the "Terres Arctiques"--Iceland and part of Greenland--south to the northern coast of Africa. The map is simple and largely schematic, but the result offers a clear and elegant vision of the ancient world. Below the map is a trompe-l'oeil banner bearing the title of the map. The map appeared in the French edition of Manesson-Mallet's "Description de L'Univers." It is in good condition with minor overall toning and offsetting. 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.