Auction 150, Lot 58

"Figure LXIV", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: Compass Rose

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: Description de l'Univers

Color: Hand Color

4 x 5.8 inches
10.2 x 14.7 cm

This striking miniature engraving depicts an elaborate compass rose. At the center of the compass rose are a trio of merfolk surrounding a shield with a ship etched into it. Wind heads blow gusts within the points of the compass, and a fleur-de-lis is directed north. French text on verso. For information on the history of the compass rose, please check out this article from our July 2014 newsletter.

References: Pastoureau, MANNESSON-MALLET I A #64.

Condition: B+

There is minor toning and a couple of small spots within the image.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 9/17/2014