Gravure 'De Guinée' du 'Description de L'Univers' Mallet 1683 / 17th Century print People of Guinea

Extrait du livre par Mallet Description de L'Univers, publié en 1683.

Gravure avec titre "DE GUINÉE", Figure LIX de la page 155, de la section "DE L'AFRIQUE".

Gravure sur cuivre, colorée à la main.

Montée (collé) sur mince panneau noyau de mousse rigide.

État: un peu brunâtre sur les bords, tache au bas, petite déchirure au bas.

13.5 X 20.5 cm

Alain (quelquefois orthographié Allain) Manesson Mallet, né à Paris en 1630 et mort dans cette même ville en 1706, est un ingénieur militaire, géographe et cartographe français.

En 1683, Manesson Mallet fit publier une Description de l'Univers en 5 volumes. Ce grand ouvrage, rédigé d'après de nombreux livres de géographie (quelquefois obsolètes) et de récits de voyage, était également recherché par les connaisseurs, principalement pour ses cartes et ses nombreuses gravures plus pittoresques qu'exactes. Bayle le considérait comme « un ramas curieux de mille choses concernant la Géographie et l'Histoire »

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Extracted from Mallet's Description de L'Univers, published in 1683.

Print titled 'De GUINEE', figure #LIX on page 155. From section of book 'DE L'AFRIQUE'.

Copperplate, hand-coloured.

Mounted (glued) to thin foam-core board.

Condition: some browning along edges.

13.5 X 20.5 cm

Alain Manesson Mallet (1630–1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV, became a Sergeant-Major in the artillery and an Inspector of Fortifications. He also served under the King of Portugal, before returning to France, and his appointment to the court of Louis XIV. His military engineering and mathematical background led to his position teaching mathematics at court.

His major publications were Description de L'Univers (1683) in 5 volumes, and Les Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre (1684) in 3 volumes.

His Description de L'Univers contains a wide variety of information, including star maps, maps of the ancient and modern world, and a synopsis of the customs, religion and government of the many nations included in his text. It has been suggested that his background as a teacher led to his being concerned with entertaining his readers. This concern manifested itself in the charming harbor scenes and rural landscapes that he included beneath his description of astronomical concepts and diagrams. Mallet himself drew most of the figures that were engraved for this book.

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