'Des Vents' by Mallet c1683
'Des Vents'. Winds thunderstorm lightning. Fortified town by Alain Manesson Mallet c1683 from 'Description de l'Univers'. Rarely seen miniature engraving by Alain Manesson Mallet c1684.
Method: Copper plate engraved. Creator: Alain Manesson Mallet. Published: First published 1683. Condition: Excellent condition, fine engraving on hand laid paper with later hand colour. Approx engraved area: 4" x 5 5/8" (102mm x 143mm. Sheet Size approx: 7 5/8" x 6".
Notes: This 330 year old engraving is from Volume 1 of the French text edition published by Johann David Zunner 1684. The plates engraved for Zunner are close copies of the originals and still have French titles and names. A few are signed by there engravers: J.P. Aubrey, Johann J. Vogel and W.C. Daucher.
Alain Manesson Mallet was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV, became a Sergeant-Major in the artillery and an Inspector of Fortifications. He also served under the King of Portugal, before returning to France, and his appointment to the court of Louis XIV.