Malta island decorative merman 1719 old Mallet map hand colorBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Die Insul Maltha.
(Malta island Mediterranean)
Issued Frankfort, Germany, 1719 for A.M. Mallet.
Charming early 18th century copper engraved map, with pleasing full hand color. Note the large merman with trident atop a sea monster at top center, sailing ships lower left.
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 3/4"H x 5 7/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2"H x 4"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3. p.196