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Description

Interesting early map of Virginia, from the German edition of Mallet's Description De L'Univers.

The map is based upon Augustine Hermann's map of 1673 and later maps of the region. Extends from the Saquesahanoug R in the North to Pomejok and C. de Trafalgar in the South, and inland along the Powhatan R and Toppoahonoc R. Jamestown is located, as is Smythe's Island.

Alain Manesson Mallet Biography

Alain Mannesson Mallet (1630-1706) was a French mapmaker and engineer who served in the armies of Louis XIV. After rising through the ranks, Mallet was appointed as Inspector of Fortifications, a job which also required mathematical skills and which made him a competent military engineer. Eventually, he joined the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, where he taught math and focused on writing.

Mallet is best known for his Description de L’Univers, first published in 1683, in five volumes. A wide-ranging geographical work, the Description included textual descriptions of the countries of the world, as well as maps of the celestial sky and the ancient and modern worlds. The Description continued to be published until the early eighteenth century. He also published a work in three volumes on warfare (1684) and a primer on geometry (1702).