"Le Systeme de Ptolemee [on sheet with] Le Systeme de Ticho-Brahe [and] Le Systeme de Copernic [and] Le Systeme de Descartes", Brion de la Tour/Desnos
Subject: Solar System
Period: 1770 (published)
Publication: Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire
Color: Hand Color
21 x 14.5 inches
53.3 x 36.8 cm
This highly decorative copper engraving explains the four prevailing theories of the Solar System in large spheres. The four spheres describes the solar systems by Descartes, Ptolemy, Ticho-Brahe and Copernicus. Smaller spheres are views of the planets (out to Saturn), the sun, and the moon along with their symbols. The map (9.7 x 10.3") is surrounded in an elaborate baroque style border featuring cherubs using globes and cartographic instruments and flanked by panels of French text which were printed on separate sheets.
Image is fine with just a little edge toning in margins and pin holes at the extreme tip of each corner in blank margins.