Catalog Archive
Auction 144, Lot 26

"Globe Terrestre. Globe Celeste", Brion de la Tour, Louis

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1766 (circa)

Publication: Atlas General, Civil et Ecclesiastique

Color: Hand Color

12 x 11 inches
30.5 x 27.9 cm

In the 18th century cartographers liked to include engravings of spheres and globes in their general atlases, as astronomy and the knowledge of the planets had become fashionable and a major part of the new-found discoveries in the "Age of Enlightenment." This fine engraving shows at left a terrestrial globe centered on the eastern hemisphere, featuring the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. At right is a celestial globe featuring the constellations of Ursa Major, Perseus, Gemini, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo and others. The globes are on ornate rococo-style bases, and the engraving is surrounded by a lovely picture-frame style border.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with marginal soiling. Narrow margin at top, as issued.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $90

Closed on 4/3/2013