Louis Brion de la Tour (1743-1803). Plate 5. "Centre du Monde. Systèmes de Ptolémée et de Ticho-Brahé". From Atlas Général Méthodique et élémentaire . . .
Paris: Brion de la Tour & Charles Desnos, 1761. 15 1/4 x 20 3/4 (image including printed decorative border). Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
This map presents two different theories of the solar system by Ptolemy and Tycho Brahe. On the left is Ptolemy's design, with the Earth being the center of the solar system, and on the right is Brahe's, with the sun revolving around the Earth but the planets revolving around the sun. Descriptive information in French and a printed frame like border complete this informative and attractive celestial map.
Louis Brion de la Tour (1743 - 1803) was the Cartographer Royal to the King of France, and issued several important atlases mostly in partnership with Louis Charles Desnos (fl. 1750-1790). Their most notable work is generally regarded to be this atlas.