"Zodiaque", Mallet, Alain Manesson
Subject: Armillary Sphere
Period: 1683 (circa)
Publication: Description de l'Univers
Color: Hand Color
4 x 5.7 inches
10.2 x 14.5 cm
This charming miniature engraving features a putto pointing to an armillary sphere on the table before him. He holds in his other hand a chart showing the signs of the zodiac. A double hemisphere map of the world hangs off the table, held in place by a set of books, the armillary sphere, and a compass. The title appears in a banner, as is typical of Manesson-Mallet's work. French text on verso.
References: Pastoureau, MANNESSON-MALLET I A #5.
There a few spots of foxing and a damp stain in the blank margin.