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Auction 123, Lot 74

"[Lot of 2] Sphere Droite [on sheet with] Sphere Parallele [and] Sphere de Copernic [on sheet with] Sphere de Ptolemee", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 10.8 inches
30.5 x 27.4 cm

An attractive pair of sheets with armillary spheres indicating the movement of the heavens around the Earth on the first sheet, and on the second, the movements of the earth and constellations based on Ptolemy and Copernicus. Both sets of spheres are surrounded with an elaborate rococo border topped with fleurs-de-lys.


Condition: B

Nice impressions on sheets with original hand coloring. Narrow, but adequate margins as issued. The sheets have scattered stains and flyspecks, and sheet 1 has a pair of repaired tears on the lower centerfold.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/20/2008