"Nouveau Mexique et Californie", Mallet, Alain Manesson
Subject: Southwestern United States & Mexico, California
Period: 1683 (circa)
Publication: Description de l'Univers
Color: Hand Color
3.9 x 5.8 inches
9.9 x 14.7 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. Blanco 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. French text on verso.
References: Burden #569; McLaughlin #87; Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET .
Watermarked paper with a few minute worm holes in the blank margins and marginal soiling.