Auction 122, Lot 2

"Nascentes morimur finisque ab origine pendet", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Frontis

Period: 1610 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

Size:
7.9 x 5.7 inches
20.1 x 14.5 cm

This very unusual print shows the three Fates from Greek mythology. One spins the thread of life, the second determines the length of the thread and the third cuts the thread when time has come for death. A terrifying, serpentine representation of original sin from Genesis prods the skein of life with a flaming arrow, and an angel pours sacramental wine on the flames while gazing at Heaven. Latin text on verso.

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Condition: C+

A couple small stains and a hole at top. The right corners have paper added to repair areas of loss.

Estimate: $130 - $180

Sold for: $65

Closed on 12/5/2007

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