Auction 178, Lot 33

"[Lot of 9 - Solar System and Diagrams of the Earth]", Buy de Mornas, Claude

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1761 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Methodique et Elementaire de Geographie et d'Histoire

Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 15.7 inches
55.1 x 39.9 cm

This lot of 9 engravings appeared in Atlas Methodique et Elementaire de Geographie et d'Histoire, published by Louis Charles Desnos. They diagram various astronomical and terrestrial phenomena, showing the Milky Way, the seasons, the horizon, longitudes and latitudes, and more. Each includes columns of explanatory French text and a superb decorative border draped with a delicately engraved floral garland and bedecked with navigational and mapmaking instruments and tools. The borders were printed from a separated plate, making this a very expensive production for the publisher.

A. La Maniere de Reconnoitre les Principales Etoiles dans le Ciel.
B. Observations.
C. De l'Aerologie.
D. De l'Horison.
E. Division Astronomique de la Terre.
F. Du Meridien et de l'Equateur.
G. Suite de la Longitude.
H. De la Longitude et de la Latitude.
I. Definitions Preliminaires des Termes de Geometrie Necessaires pour l'Intelligence de la Sphere et du Globe.


Condition: A

Strong impressions on watermarked paper. Overall the engravings are in near fine condition with some light soiling. The second sheet, <i>Observations,</i> has a 0.5" tear at its center (B+).

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/10/2020