"Globe Terrestre", Brion de la Tour/Martinet
Subject: Cartographic Miscellany
Period: 1761 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 14.3 inches
52.8 x 36.3 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 a terrestrial globe centered on the eastern hemisphere, featuring the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. The globe is on ornate rococo-style bases, and the engraving is surrounded by panels of text and a lovely picture-frame style border that was printed from a separate plate. Engraved by Simon J. Martinet.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with light soiling and toning.