|Method||Aquatint and engraving|
|Artist||Aristide Michel Perrot|
|Published||Paris, chez Basset Edr. Md. d'Estampes, Rue de Seine No. 33. c. 1840|
|Dimensions||Image 439 x 589 mm, Sheet 470 x 653 mm|
An unusual chart depicting 58 numerically identified natural and man made wonders occurring throughout the world. Chart includes mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, icebergs and prehistoric fossils. These fossils include a mammoth skeleton and an ichthyosaur, alongside depictions of early man and both extinct and still living creatures. A numbered table at the bottom of the sheet names and describes each wonder. Smaller editions of this chart were published in a number of atlases, but large format editions like this are much rarer.
Aristide Michel Perrot (1793-1879) was a prolific nineteenth century French cartographer and essayist, a member of the 'Société royale académique des sciences', and the 'Société de géographie'. He is best known for his decorative miniature maps of British counties and the Departments of France.
Maison Basset was a well-known French publishing house based in Paris. The family engraved and published various perspective views and cartographic items up until the second half of the nineteenth century.
Condition: Ink stain to top right margin, not affecting image.