"Amerique Meridionale", Mallet, Alain Manesson
Subject: South America
Period: 1685 (circa)
Publication: Beschreibung des Gantzen Welt-Kreisses
Color: Hand Color
3.8 x 5.6 inches
9.7 x 14.2 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.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with a small wormhole at top left that has been partially infilled on verso and a touch of printer's ink residue.