La Chine- #2228


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DATE: 1683.

MAP MAKER: Alain Manesson Mallet.

SIZE: 4 1/16" X 5 13/164".

PRICE: $250.00

 

Alain Manesson Mallet; 1630-1706.

Precious little is known about this author, known to have been a military engineer serving 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.

 

La Chine.

This small map (4 1/16" X 5 13/16") was included in the 1683 french edition of "Description de l'univers".
Amazing precision is evident for the general coastal delineation, and when it comes to China for the course of the rivers, the location of the provinces and of the main cities. The great wall is also quite correctly depicted.
Conversely the farther inland, the less correct are lakes and the rivers (glaringly so for the Mekong). French text on verso.

 

 

 

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