Auction 129, Lot 9

"America", Meurs, Jacob van

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1671 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

7 x 11.5 inches
17.8 x 29.2 cm

This evocative title page is from Arnoldus Montanus's America de Nieuwe Onbekende Weereld, published by Jacob van Meurs. It presents a fanciful scene of natives in ceremonial costume with a variety of indigenous animals and products. At center, an Amazon queen representing America is being hoisted in an enormous shell by two Titans. Van Meurs evidently allowed Ogilby to use the plate for his English edition - the only difference between the two is the lack of an imprint on the Ogilby plate.

References: cf Shirley (TP) #63A.

Condition: B+

Toned with some repairs in margins and imprint at bottom.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/23/2009