Mountain heights compared Atmosphere zones climates 1683 natural history printAntiqueMapsPrints.com
De La Sphere.
(Mountain Heights / Climate zones / etc.)
Issued Paris, 1683 by Mallet.
Charming late 17th century copper engraved print relating to climate zones, with pleasing full hand color. Very few examples are encountered with such nice detailed hand color.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style of cartographic image quite unique to this time in history. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this very reason.
Mostly clean & well preserved example, trivial blank margin corner staining & edge toning which visually testifies to the age and patina. If this were an antique coin, it would have a nice surface.
Sheet measures c. 7" W x 8" H.
Printed area measures c. 5" W x 6 1/2" H.
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3. p.196