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16 March 2009

Grey Heron

Coronelli's globes (文森索 柯洛內里地球儀)
France (2008)
24th November, 2008. Amilly, Loiret

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) was born in Venice, Italy. Who was a Franciscan monk and encyclopedist, also known in particular for his atlases and globes. In 1683, his friend Cardinal César d'Estrées present a pair of globes for Louis XIV, one of globe refer to Coronelli's atlases which drew in 1681-1683. The globes made with canvas showing the exploration history of five continents.

The stamp issued by France is commemorate birth of Coronelli 290th anniversary, it illustrated his globes and a Grey Heron (蒼鷺). Grey Heron is very common in the world except America and Australia, some of birds are migrating to central Africa when they live in northern area in summer, but birds in southern Africa will stay there whole year.

Above nice envelope shown the sights of Auvergne, a region in the middle of France. It includes Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme four departments. Thanks Mr. Jean-Pierre who sent me this beautiful cover and cards.
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