A large and rare Abbé Dicquemare georgraphical and astronomical planisphere, French, dated 1768,
Lot 114
A large and rare Abbé Dicquemare georgraphical and astronomical planisphere,
French, dated 1768,
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,200 - 4,900
withdrawn

Lot Details
A large and rare Abbé Dicquemare georgraphical and astronomical planisphere, French, dated 1768,
printed in two cartouches COSMO-PLANE Inventé et Construit au Hâvre de Grace en 1768 PAR MR. LE ABBÉ DICQUEMARE, DÉDIÉ À MONSIEUR LE ABBÉ NOLLET et exécuté par le Sr. Desnos A PARIS Chez Desnos Ingénieur Géographe pour les Globes et Sphéres et Libraire de Sa Majeste le Roi de Dannemarck Rue Saint Jacques au Globe, the circular disc of wood with an astrolabe-type throne at the top the central disc printed with a map of France and revolving to reveal in the shaped apperture printed maps of Africa, Asia, America and Europe, the outer ring printed with various scales, and tables of latitudes withing a Roccoco border of scrolling swags and acanthus leaves, 22 1/2in (57cm) diameter

Footnotes

  • An ingenious compendium of geographical and cosmographical information, only two other examples of the present instrument are known and illustrate Dicquemare's success in communicating relatively complex information by a combination of textual and visual means. As such the present instrument is a striking example of high level Emlightenment popularised of knowledge.
    Jacques François Dicquemare (1733-1789) was born at Le Havre in which in which town he subsequently became Professor of Phisics and Natural History. Best known for his studies of invertebrate marine animals he also published investigations into vision and meteorological phenomena in Rozier's journal Observations et mémoires sur la physique, sur l'histoire naturelle et sur leas arts et métiers...Paris.

    Bibliography
    Paolo Brenni, Mara Miniati, Lugi Pippa & Anthony Turner, Orologi e strumenti della Collezione Beltrame, Florence, 1996, 20 no I.12
    Christies South Kensington, Globes and Planetaria, 4 October 1995 lot 24
    Mireille Pastoureau, Les Hardy-pére et fils-et Louis-Cahrles Desnos 'Faiseurs de Globes à Paris au milieu du XVIIIe sièclé' in Studies in the History of Scientific Instruments edited by Christine Blondel, Francoise Parot, Anthony Turner & Mari Williams, London, 1989, 72-83.

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