California as Island Armillary Sphere World Map Earth Globe 1685 Mallet print
California as Island Armillary Sphere World Map Earth Globe 1685 Mallet print California as Island Armillary Sphere World Map Earth Globe 1685 Mallet print
$ 165.00

Equateur.

(Old Prints, Mallet Prints, Armillary Sphere, World Maps, Globe, Constellations, Nigh Sky, Equator).

Issued 1685-6, Paris, for A.M. Mallet. 

Charming 17th century copper engraved map image with lovely hand color.

Of particular note is how the engraver reversed the Western hemisphere of the map under the armillary sphere. California as an island is clearly seen, only in reverse (!), with the continent of North America to the left of it.

The image has a near folk-art feel, a style unique to this historical era. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.

Mostly clean and well preserved example, the image displays a pleasing age patina.

Sheet measures c. 7 7/8" H x 5 7/8" W.

Printed area measures c. 5 1/2" H x 4" W.

Cartographic Reference(s):

Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, pp. 196.

[B12502].