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Auction 153, Lot 399

"Amerique Meridionale", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: South America

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: Beschreibung des Gantzen Welt Kreises…

Color: Hand Color

3.9 x 5.7 inches
9.9 x 14.5 cm

A finely engraved miniature map of the whole of South America showing the principal colonies and kingdoms. It is embellished with vignettes of Indians on land, sailing ships in the surrounding seas, and an ornate title cartouche. The mythical equatorial lake Parime is shown, as well as the equally spurious Xarayes Lac, depicted as the headwaters of the La Plata. From a German edition of Mallet's Description de l'Univers…, published by Johann David Zunner, with a German title at top: "Das Mittagige America."

References: King (2nd ed.) pp 154-155; Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET I B.

Condition: A

A fine impression with attractive color and light scattered foxing primarily confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $130

Closed on 5/20/2015