27 Oct

Christophe Columb (1992)

Designer: Carl de Parcevaux

Year: Sp 1992, Fall 2009

Literature: Realized for the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, this carre pictures the drifting caravel Santa Maria, on board which the navigator discovered the Island of Guanahani (San Salvador) on 12th October 1492, when in fact he thought he was beaching in India. On the right and left, the hemispheres of Behaim’s globe illustrate the knowledge of contemporary cartographers, whose imprecision led Columbus to think that India was closer than it really was. At the top is the frontispiece of Les Voyages, the work by Theodore de Bry (1528-1598), famous for his pictorial descriptions of the first European expeditions in America.

From the 1992 scarfbook: (not shown)

Special Issues: in 1999, Special Edition for the 900th anniversary of the Ordre Souverain de Malte.  “L’Ordre souverain militaire hospitalier de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem, de Rhodes et de Malte” (not shown)

Note: For another carre depicting Christopher Columbus, see Les Ameriques designed by Kermit Oliver.

Original issue came in jacquard (see detail):

Ref. No. xx1840xx – 24 Colorways

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