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Die Inseln Pelagnisi, Dromi / I. de Pelagnisi Dromi

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Article ID EUK3822
Artist Mallet (1630-1706)
Alain Manesson Mallet (1630- 1706 ) 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. His military engineering and mathematical background led to his position teaching mathematics at court. His major publications were Description de L'Univers (1683) in 5 volumes, and Les Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre (1684) in 3 volumes. His Description de L'Universe contains a wide variety of information, including star maps, maps of the ancient and modern world, and a synopsis of the customs, religion and government of the many nations included in his text. It has been suggested that his background as a teacher led to his being concerned with entertaining his readers. This concern manifested itself in the charming harbor scenes and rural landscapes that he included beneath his description of astronomical concepts and diagrams. Mallet himself drew most of the figures that were engraved for this book.
Title Die Inseln Pelagnisi, Dromi / I. de Pelagnisi Dromi
Year ca. 1684
Description Map shows the northern Sporades in the Aegean sea (Kyra Panagia, Alonnisos, Skopelos, Skiathos).
The (Northern) Sporades are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea in the Aegean Sea. They consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. The southern Sporades are situated between the Cyclades and Turkey. They correspond to the Dodecanese plus a few northern islands ,especially Samos and Ikaria. Also included by some geographers are the islands of Chios and Lesbos.
Place of Publication Frankfurt on Main
Dimensions (cm)15,5 x 10
ConditionSome restoration at the center
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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