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Auction 190, Lot 43

"Globe Terrestre", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Globe

Period: 1766 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 14.1 inches
51.6 x 35.8 cm
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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 an ornate rococo-style base, and the engraving is surrounded by panels of French text and a lovely picture-frame style border that was printed from a separate plate. Engraved by Simon J. Martinet.


Condition: A

On watermarked paper with minor foxing and marginal toning.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 11/16/2022