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Auction 181, Lot 346

"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.

Condition: A

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.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/10/2021