Northern Hemisphere Polar Map North Pole California as an Island 1683 Mallet mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Polar Maps, Northern Hemisphere, North Pole, Greenland, Scandinavia, Nova Zemlya, Canada, Russian Empire, Siberia, Japan, Jesso).
Issued 1683, Paris, for A.M. Mallet.
Beside America is what is clearly the northern coastline of the island of California (see McLaughlin, Mapping of California).
Charming 17th century copper engraved map with lovely hand color.
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 fine patina.
Sheet measures c. 7 7/8" H x 5 7/8" W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2" H x 4" W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, pp. 196.