POTOSI. View of the town & Cerro de Potos . Silver mines. Bolivia. MALLET 1683
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POTOSI. View of the town & Cerro de Potosí. Silver mines. Bolivia. MALLET 1683

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TITLE OF THE PRINT: 'Montagne de Potosi'

Founded in 1545 as a mining town, Potosi produced fabulous wealth, becoming one of the largest cities in the Americas and the world, with a population exceeding 200,000 people. Potosi was a mythical land of riches. There is a theory that the mint mark of Potosi (the letters "PTSI" superimposed on one another) is the origin of the dollar sign. Most of the silver shipped through the Spanish Main came from Potosí: 45,000 short tons of pure silver were mined from Cerro Rico from 1556 to 1783. Due to extensive mining, the mountain itself has diminished in height; before the mining started it was a few hundred metres higher than it is today.

DATE PRINTED: 1683    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx Overall page size 13 x 21cm approximately (5 x 8 inches); image size 10.5 x 14.5cm approximately (4 x 5.5 inches)

TYPE: Original 17th century copperplate print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been taken from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale. The print you will receive is in good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Allain Manesson Mallet

PROVENANCE: "Description de l'Univers", contenant les differents systemes du Monde, les Cartes generales & particulieres de la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne: Les Plans & les Profils des principales Villes & des autres lieux considerables de la Terre; avec les portraits de Souverains qui y commandent, leurs Blasons, Titres & Livrees: Et les Moeurs, Religions, Gouvernements & divers habillemens de chaque Nation, dedieé au Roy, par Allain Manesson Mallet. Paris, Chez Denys Thierry, Rue S. Jacques, MDCLXXXIII (First edition, Paris, 1683)



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POTOSI. View of the town & Cerro de Potosí. Silver mines. Bolivia. MALLET 1683
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