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Auction 171, Lot 75

"[Lot of 2] Nouveau Continent ou Amerique [and] Amerique Septentrionale", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1683 (published)

Publication: Description de l'Univers

Color: Black & White

4.5 x 6.1 inches
11.4 x 15.5 cm
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A. Nouveau Continent ou Amerique. This is the third of three similar miniature maps of the Americas drawn in a hemispheric projection in Description de l'Univers. California is depicted as an island on the Briggs model, with a flat northern coastline. The northwestern coastline of North America starts to extend west near 60° N. An extensive coastline in the region of Australia and New Guinea and several Pacific islands appear in the west without names. This is the first state with page 269 at upper right and French text on verso. References: Burden #560; McLaughlin #86; Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET 1A #623.

B. Amerique Septentrionale. This charming miniature map depicts the continent with the island of California shown only to about 40 degrees north. The Great Lakes are open-ended in the west and called Mer Douce and there is a north-south range of mountains called Mont de Suala. A drape-style cartouche adorns the title. References: Burden #563; McLaughlin #81-2; Pastoureau, MANESSON-MALLET A #624.

Sizes vary slightly.


Condition: A

Crisp impressions on clean sheets.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $170

Closed on 2/6/2019