Havana. - #2217


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DATE: 1683

MAP MAKER: Alain Manesson Mallet.

SIZE: 3 7/8" X 5 11/16".

PRICE: $275.00

 

Alain Manesson Mallet; 1630-1706.

Precious little is known about this author, safe for having been a military engineer serving the French king Louis XIV.
His claim to fame comes from his very successful "Description de l'Univers", a pocket size thick geography book in five volumes, replete with encyclopedic details, historical data, scores of illustrations (landscapes, decisive battle scenes, towns, forts, harbors, .), and quite a few simple maps.
The book was published between 1683 and 1688. However, reprints were made later with german text (1686 and 1719).
Of note also his "Les travaux de Mars" in 1672 on the art of fortification, and "La géométrie pratique" in 1702, a massive study in geometry, trigonometry, planimetry and land survey.

Havana.

This small bird eye map (3 7/8" X 5 11/16") was designed and printed for the "Description de l'Univers".
It shows a stunning view of the city (derived from the much larger 1671 depiction by Arnold Montanus), seen from the harbor approach.
On the left: the Morro mighty fort with its light house. Across the channel: the Puntal fortress. Between the two, a chain blocks access to the anchorage. The town is shown to contain large buildings and churches.
The atmosphere is tense: a foreign fleet is blockading the harbor and shelling the town, at least one building is on fire.
French text on verso.

 

 

 

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