Auction 125, Lot 65

"Des Sphere Artificielles. Sphere Droite [and] Sphere Parallele", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1770 (dated)

Publication: Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 14.3 inches
51.3 x 36.3 cm

A beautiful engraving of a large pair of celestial globes on ornate rococo-style bases. The Sphere Droite shows Earth at the center and locates the main constellations, the equinox, solstices, etc. The Sphere Parallele is similarly configured, but from a different perspective. The globes (10 x 8.7") are flanked by laid-in French text panels; elaborate border that includes scenes of putti, globes, instruments, etc. surrounds.


Condition: B+

Good impression and color with full, original margins. Lower margin along centerfold with old cloth tape repair.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $90

Closed on 9/24/2008