Project Description

Published in Mallet’s “Description de L’Universe” Paris, 1683.

The map shows some of the islands in the Caribbean, focusing primarily on Cuba and Jamaica. Florida is shown in the background as well as the Bahamas, and several sailing ships.

This map was engraved by French cartographer/military engineer Alain Manesson Mallet. He was active in the mid to late 17th century. Initially he served in the Portuguese army and later became inspector of French fortifications, and thereby began sketching fortresses and honing his cartographic skills. In 1683 he published a five volume atlas in Paris entitled “Description de L’Universe”.

The atlas is comprised of miniature bird’s eye views of countries, cities and local fauna, inhabitants, costumes and celestial views. The first edition is a French edition, it was later reissued in German in 1684 and again in German in 1712. All the maps and views in the atlas are copperplate engravings and are charming renditions of the old and new world as it was known at the time.

Map Condition: Light creases to two corners otherwise in fine condition. A nice strong impression. Map Type: Copperplate engraving

Stock No: 1420
Cartographer: Mallet, Alain Manesson
Year: c.1683.

Height (in): 6
Width (in): 4.25
Price: $200