"Nouveau Mexique et Californie", Mallet, Alain Manesson
Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico, California
Period: 1685 (circa)
Publication: Beschreibung des Gantzen Welt-Kreisses
Color: Hand Color
3.9 x 5.6 inches
9.9 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. Blank verso.
References: Burden #615; McLaughlin #87; Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET I B.
A dark impression with attractive color, light printer's ink residue, and a couple of tiny spots at top right.