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Portrait of King Louis XV, engraved by Johann Friedrich Eggelhoff for Beschreibung des gantzen Welt-Kreises, the German edition of Alain Manesson's Mallet Description de l'Univers.

This portrait was a later addition by Eggelhoff; after the death of Louis XIV, whose portrait (Figure LXXXVIII) Mallet had included in an earlier French edition. Another addition was a portrait of  Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, the young king's Regent.

Here, Louis XV wears the scallop-adorned Collar of the Order of Saint Michael and the Collar of the Order of the Holy Spirit, with its white dove descending set in the center of the Maltese Cross.

Condition Description
Light, minimal foxing.
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).