Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…. Augustin LEGRAND.
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…

Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…
Globe Artificiel et Mécanique a l'Usage du Petit Geographe…

Paris: circa 1830.

A collapsible engraved and handcoloured globe in six gores (170 mm. tall); protected by the original lithographed portfolio, 8 folding pages of text; with loose double-sided engraved and hand-coloured card 'Mécanisme du Glode Artificiel'; a very good and attractive example.

Charming collapsible globe with accompanying booklet by the Frenchman Augustin Legrand.

Charming collapsible globe with accompanying booklet by the Frenchman Augustin Legrand.
Legrand was active in the 1820s and 1830s and made delightful children's books, educational globes and friezes. He published any number of these educational books and novelties, the earliest dating from around 1800. His work is known for its graceful composition, as can be seen in his Planisphere suivant la projection de Mercator (circa 1830) now held in the National Library.
These fragile globes are rare survivals, but were a popular educational toy of the period. The mapping of the globe is surprisingly accurate, with the various zones and also the ecliptic marked. Off the coast of New Zealand is marked the antipodes of Paris, and the map of "Nouvelle Hollande" is scattered with the older Dutch place names, but also "Botany Bay" and the unusual "T. de Grant" for the area that was initially called in French the Terre Napoleon after the territorial claims made in the wake of the Baudin voyage.
The accompanying folding booklet contains a good description of the workings of "Le Globe artificial", including an overview of the basic components of geography (such as the various zones, the zodiac, and so on). There is also a five-page "Description de la Terre", with notes on Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania ('celle-ci est accompagnée d'une quantité d'îles que l'on désigne sous le nom d'Océanie'). The text concludes with some spruiking for other relevant titles available at the publishers. There is also a separate hand-coloured card with, on one side, diagrams and a description of the "Mécanisme du Globe artificiel", and on the other, of the "Zodiaque écliptique."

Price (AUD): $7,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #3903098

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