Auction 136, Lot 422

"[Lot of 2] Pais qui sont aux Environs de la Riviere de la Plata et du Pais de Patagonia [and] Mexique ou Nouvelle Espagne", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: South and Central America

Period: 1686 (circa)

Publication: Description de l'Univers, Tome V

Color: Black & White

3.8 x 5.8 inches
9.7 x 14.7 cm

These decorative miniature maps from Mallet's renowned Description de l' Univers were published from Paris circa 1686. This lot includes:

The first shows nearly the entire continent but focuses on the region of the River de la Plata. The title cartouche, which obscures the northern part of the continent, is flanked by two cherubs and is draped with reptiles. Four ships sail in the seas, two engaged in a battle.

The second map is centered on Mexico and covers the southern part of the present United States from the Baja (I. Californie) through Florida and extends south through Central America to clearly show Costa Rica. Locates Mexico [City], Guadalajara, Durango, and Merida. With a decorative title cartouche, a sea battle in the Pacific and a group of hostile Indians above the region titled "Louisiane". The island of California is partially shown.

References: 2) McLaughlin #83.

Condition: A+

Both are fine with full margins and dark, early impression.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/1/2011