Auction 124, Lot 38

"Introduction a la Geographie", Brion de la Tour/Martinet

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1766 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 14.3 inches
52.1 x 36.3 cm

An exquisite armillary sphere depicting the solar system surrounded with the signs of the zodiac. The sphere sits atop an elaborate rococo base garlanded with flowers. Panels of descriptive French text flank the chart, and are then surrounded in a decorative border that was printed from a separate plate. Drawn and engraved by Martinet with his imprint at the base of the sphere.


Condition: A

A nice impression on a sound sheet with attractive color. There is some pleasant toning.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 5/7/2008