|Method||Copper engraved with original hand colour|
|Artist||Brion de la Tour, Louis|
|Published||[A Paris. 1766]|
|Dimensions||280 x 310 mm|
A decorative eighteenth century illustration of two standing armillary spheres, representing the Copernican heliocentric and the Ptolemaic geocentric systems, with an ornate baroque border printed on a separate plate, published by Desnos for Brion's 'Atlas General, Civil et Ecclesiastique, Methodique et Elementaire pour l'etude de la Geographie et de l'Histoire'. The multiple plate arrangement allowed Desnos to print different editions of his atlases from the same map plates. Some editions featured paste-down text panels on either side of the map, while others, like this example, were issued with just a border. The map is ornamented in original hand colour.
Louis Brion de la Tour (c.1743-1803) was a French geographer and mapmaker. Despite his prolific output and Royal connections, details of his life remain relatively obscure. Much of his work was published by Denon, and his son, also Louis, likely worked alongside his father.
Louis Charles Desnos (c.1750-1790) was a French publisher, bookseller, and globemaker.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Minor foxing to margins. Blank on verso.