Copper engraving, 15 x 10.2 cms, black and white, French text on verso. Distinctive map of California as an island, from Mallet’s Description de l’Univers, first published in Paris in 1683 and reprinted with German text in Frankfurt the following year. Mallet was a military engineer, cartographer and mathematician in the service of the French King, Louis XIV. Burden notes Mallet’s unusual depiction of the northern shore of the ‘island’. Burden 569.
Mallet’s Map of California
Nouveau Mexique et Californie