Catalog Archive
Auction 174, Lot 29

"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)

Publication: Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 14.3 inches
51.3 x 36.3 cm
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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. Panels of French text flank the map and the whole is surrounded by an elaborately engraved border with scenes of cherubs studying geography, both top and bottom. The map and border were printed from two separate plates and then assembled with the text panels for the atlas. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark.

References: McGuirk #128.

Condition: A

A clean and bright sheet of watermarked paper with light, marginal soiling.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/11/2019