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Mallet, Carte Generale. Eastern Hemisphere antique map c1683.

Mallet, Carte Generale. Eastern Hemisphere antique map c1683.


by Mallet, Allain Manesson

Alain Manesson Mallet, General Map of the eastern hemisphere c1683, prior to the charting of the east coast of Australia, or Antarctica. Figure VII of "De la Sphere'.

Original copperplate-engraved map by Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706), published circa 1683 in Paris “by Royal privilege”, for the first ‘modern’ book of geography Description de l’Univers (Description of the Universe). This wonderful map shows the lack of knowledge of Torres Straits in the 17th century.

Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706) studied mathematics and geometry at the College of Burgundy, under the military engineer, Philippe Mallet (1606-1679). He then joined the army and rose to the rank of sargento-mor (equivalent to commander) of artillery and inspector of fortifications under Marshal Schomberg. He greatly assisted with improvement of Portugal's fortifications, and after Louis XIV forced the Spanish to end the war and sign the Treaty of Independence of Portugal in 1668, Mallet returned to France. He was appointed mathematics teacher of the pages of the King, in Little Stable, Versaille (reserved for the sons of the noble families whose antiquity dated back to 1550 or earlier). As master of mathematics, Mallet had time to write. In 1671 his first publication was on military science and the art of siege warfare. It was so successful that it was translated into German the following year. Mallet published his own updated work Travaux de Mars, ou l'art de war (Work of Mars, or the Art of War) in 1684.

This map is on hand-laid paper of the period, and the reverse has text in FrenchMap to border line measures 145 x 105mm (5.3/4 x 4.1/8 inches). Page size measures 210 x 140mm (8.1/4 x 5.1/2 inches).

Stock Number: amAMMeh17Price: $440.00