Auction 169, Lot 34

"Mappe-Monde Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie, Relativement aux Auteurs les Plus Modernes...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: World

Period: 1766 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12.1 x 11.1 inches
30.7 x 28.2 cm

This decorative double-hemisphere map was updated with the new astronomical observations of Chirikof and Delisle. The map features the Sea of the West and a Northwest Passage in North America and a conjectural shape for Australia. The title and dedication cartouches are tucked between the cusps; the hemispheres are supported on the shoulders of two men. The map is surrounded by a decorative rococo-style border, printed from a separate plate as the map. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.

References: McGuirk #128.

Condition: B+

Original color on a bluish sheet with a few minor spots of foxing and a small hole in the top right blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/12/2018