Jos de BeauchampAstronomer.
Stipple, sheet 135 x 95mm. 5¼ x 3¾". Trimmed within plate and laid to album page; a strong impression.
Joseph de Beauchamp, astronomer, scientist, and papal assistant in 1782, in oriental costume, in an oval; probably a frontispiece. Beauchamp explored Babylon and other archaeological sites by questioning nearby residents and watching excavations done by local peasants to salvage ancient fired bricks. He learned that “by digging up the earth, they found a chamber that had a wall where a cow was formed from glazed bricks… which might shed some further light on the ancient religion of Chaldea.”
Not in Wellcome.
[Ref: 13890] £90.00