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Guanahani/San Salvador Island. Bahamas.

Mallet, Allain Manesson. "I. de Guanahani ou de St. Salvador". Paris. Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of Guanahani Island called by Columbus San Salvador in the Bahamas, from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. Guanihani where Columbus first landed in the New World has been identified as modern day San Salvador formerly Watlings island in the Lucyan Archipelago of the Bahamas, however there are various other candidates. within the Archipelago most notably Samana Cay. 65 miles south east of San Salvador. Dark impression; worm hole [2mm] and small worm track[15mm] to inner blank margin.

Allain Manesson Mallet 1630- 1706, French cartographer, engineer and mathematician, served in the army of Louis XIV, and also that of the King of Portugal later becoming Inspector of Fortifications to Louis. He published the "Description de l'Univers" in 1683, attempting to describe the cartography, towns, ports, people, habits and traditions of the known world. The work extended to 5 volumes with some 600 illustrations.
His other works were"Les Travaux de Mars, ou L'art de la Guerre" 1684, and "La geometerie Practique" 1702.
145 by 104mm (5¾ by 4 inches).   ref: 1211  €80

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