Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Art of Maps:Louis-Charles DESNOS- Mappe-Monde Céleste Terrestre et Historique augmentée des Voyages et Découvertes du célébre Capitaine Cooke




Mappe-Monde Céleste Terrestre et Historique augmentée des Voyages et Découvertes du célébre Capitaine Cooke



Louis-Charles DESNOS
1786
Paris

Hand-coloured engraved wallmap of the world on 6 sheets, joined, (overall 1030 x 940mm). The large double hemisphere world map set in an elaborate border incorporating the signs of the zodiac, wind points, lunar and other astronomical and astrological dials, title running across the upper margin, lower portion of the map comprising an architectural plinth with tablets inset, giving geographical information on the three ancient continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Window mount.

A very fine example of Desnos's rare and impressive wallmap, a reissue of Jaugeon's map of 1688, which was also issued by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot and his forebears in the 1730s and in 1758. Louis Brion de la Tour and Desnos collaborated in republishing the maps of Jaillot and Sanson. Shirley 538; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Portraits of the World, 1981, number 57.

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