BG-12931-3

Antique Portrait of Gregorio Carafa by Mallet (1683)

  • Condition: Fair/good, general age-related toning. Thin passe-partout included, image untrimmed. Shows some wear and creasing. French text on verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1683
  • Overall size: 18 x 24 cm.
  • Image size: 10 x 15 cm.
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.. Antique Portrait of Gregorio Carafa by Mallet (1683)

Description: Antique print titled 'De l'Afrique, Figure XVII'. Portrait of Gregorio Carafa, Grand Master of the Order of St John. This print originates from 'Description de l'Univers (..)' by Alain Manesson Mallet.

Artists and Engravers: 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.