Auction 127, Lot 350

"Nouveau Mexique et Californie", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: California, Southwest U.S., Mexico

Period: 1686 (published)

Publication: Beschreibung des ganzen welt-kreisses…

Color: Black & White

4 x 5.6 inches
10.2 x 14.2 cm

One of the most attractive miniature maps from this series. The map focuses on the island of California and the southwestern United States and Mexico. California has a flat northern coast with C. Planco the northernmost place name. Four islands lie between California and the mainland; the largest is named Gigante I. The Norto R. (Rio Grande) flows from a large interior lake, with Real de Nueva Mexico (Santa Fe) located on its bank, and empties incorrectly into the Gulf of California. The title cartouche is flanked by native figures and two ships are engaged in battle in the lower part of the map. Second state from a German edition. Blank verso.

References: McLaughlin #87.

Condition: A

Beautiful, early impression with excellent plate mark and edge inking. Plate mark extends off the paper at the very wide right margin.

Estimate: $400 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/25/2009