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Hémisphère Oriental.
Hémisphère Oriental.
[Paris: Desnos, c.1770.]
Engraved map. Coloured. Map 240 x 260mm, 9½ x 10¼", within a separately-printed border containing two strips of letterpress text, total 285 x 490mm, 11¼ x 19¼". Split in lower centre fold margin taped on the reverse.
From Louis Brion de la Tour's 'Géographie Moderne, Historique et Politique'. A map of the Western Hemisphere, showing Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, just pre-dating Cook's discoveries in the Pacific. Thus Australia appears with an eastern coastline that stretches from Tasmania east to Espiritu Santo and back to New Guinea.
[Ref: 23642]   £120.00  
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F. Pilatre De Rozier. Premier Navigateur Aerien Et Pensionnaire du Roi. Sa gloire, helas! Ne fut qu'un Reve, Donít la fin prouve avec eclat, Que le moment qui nous eleve, Touche a celui qui nous abat.
F. Pilatre De Rozier. Premier Navigateur Aerien Et Pensionnaire du Roi. Sa gloire, helas! Ne fut qu'un Reve, Donít la fin prouve avec eclat, Que le moment qui nous eleve, Touche a celui qui nous abat.
Brion del. Chapuy Sculp.
A Paris chez Basset rue St. Jacques [n.d. c.1785].
Etching with sepia aqautint. 155 x 215mm. Light foxing.
Made the first manned free flight in history, accompanied by the Marquis d'Arlandes and died during an attempted crossing of the English Channel when his balloon, a combination hydrogen and hot air balloon, exploded on 15 June 1785. Thus, he and his companion, Pierre Romain, became the first known victims of an air crash. This print was issued shortly afterwards to commemorate his life.
[Ref: 949]   £220.00  
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Hémisphère Occidental.
Hémisphère Occidental.
[Paris: Desnos, c.1770.]
Engraved map. Coloured. Map 240 x 260mm, 9½ x 10¼", within a separately-printed border containing two strips of letterpress text, total 285 x 490mm, 11¼ x 19¼". Split in lower centre fold margin taped on the reverse.
From Louis Brion de la Tour's 'Géographie Moderne, Historique et Politique'. A map of the Western Hemisphere, just pre-dating Cook's discoveries in the Pacific. Thus New Zealand appears as mapped by Abel Tasman over a century earlier, and North-West America is shown according to the spurious mapping of the Russians, with a huge 'Mer de l'Ouest' and a North-West Passage.
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