The Emperor of Japan

By MANESSON-MALLET, Alain, 1685 

Emp. Du Japon

  • Author: MANESSON-MALLET, Alain
  • Publication place: [Frankfurt
  • Publisher: Johann David Zunner
  • Publication date: 1685].
  • Physical description: Engraving.
  • Dimensions: 225 by 150mm. (8.75 by 6 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15857


An imaginary portrait of the Emperor of Japan, from Alain Manesson-Mallet’s work Description de L’Univers’, published first in 1683 in French. Zunner republished Manesson-Mallet’s work in a German translation from 1684–1685.

Manesson-Mallet (1630–1706) was an engineer in the service of the King of Portugal. On his return to France, he was appointed master of mathematics to the pages of King Louis XIV. In addition to his history of the world, he also wrote a book about fortifications Les Travaux de Mars’, and another about surveying and mapmaking La Geometrie Pratique, divisee en quatre livres’.