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