Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands – Pays Bas en General; Alain Manesson Mallet – 1683

Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706).

Handcolored map of the Low Countries from the small atlas by Manesson Mallet.

Handgekleurd kaartje van de Lage Landen uit de kleine atlas van Manesson Mallet.


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  • Type: carthografische prent
  • Title: Pays Bas en General
  • Publicatie: 1683
  • Techniek: kopergravure met latere kleuring
  • Carthograaf/samensteller: Alain MAnesson Mallet
  • : Description de l’Univers Contenant les Differents Systêmes du Monde, les Cartes Generales (..) door Denys Thierry in Parijs
  • 14.3 x 10.2 cm. (5.6 x 4.0 inches)
  • 21.0 x 14.0 cm (8.3 x 5.5 inches)
  • Verso: Franse tekst
  • 9990 BNL
  • Bron: Description de l’univers (

Condition: B

Goed, gegeven de leeftijd. Scherpe afdruk op wat gevlekt papier met een frisse inkleuring.


Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706)

Manesson Mallet 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 Portungal, 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’Universe 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. First published in 1683 in Paris with French text, a second, German, edition was published in Frankfurt in 1684, with the addition of German titles to the plates outside the printed border. The philosopher Pierre Bayle considered the work “a curious rabble of a thousand things on Geography and History”.