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