I de St Helene, Mallet, 1683

Alain Manesson Mallet's Description de l'Univers, contenant les differentes systèmes du monde, les cartes ... de la géographie ancienne et moderne ... et les mœurs ... de chaque nation (five volumes; Paris, 1683) has, in volume three, reproductions of two of the earlier views of St. Helena. The plate titled I de St Helene (page 137 with heading De L'Afrique Figure LIII and text on verso; 103 by 146 mm; reproduced above) is directly derivative from Linschoten's view of the northwest side of the island.

Subsequent editions of Mallet were published in Frankfurt as Description de l'Univers ... in 1686 (with text in French but plate headings in German) and as Beschrebung des Gantzen Welt ... in 1719 (with text and plate headings in German). In these editions, the I de St Helene plate faces page 76 with the heading die insul St. Helene Fig:LIII.

British Library shelfmark: 568.d.2-6. and 1295.f.1-5. [1683 edition]
Library of Congress call number: G1015 .M33 1683 [1683 edition]

Last updated: 19 December, 2011

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