Antarctic Pole Published 1684
La Voye Laictee Pole AntArctiqove by Alain Manesson Mallet c1684 'Description de L'Univers' Rarely seen miniature celestial chart depicting the "Pole Antarctique". The Milky Way is clearly shown. The signs of the zodiac are displayed in their allegorical forms, including Scorpio and Sagittarius, and many other dramatic representations of constellations, like Le Grand Chien (the big dog), crowd the skies. Legend at bottom identifies the stars with letters.
Copper plate engraved by Alain Manesson Mallet. First published 1683
Excellent condition, fine engraving on hand laid paper.
Approx engraved area: 4" x 5 5/8" (102mm x 143mm)
Notes: This from Volume 1 of the French text edition published by Johann David Zunner 1684. The plates engraved for Zunner are close copies of the originals and still have French titles and names. A few are signed by there engravers: J.P. Aubrey, Johann J. Vogel and W.C. Daucher.