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