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Auction 130, Lot 11

"Atlas Maior", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 17 inches
27.4 x 43.2 cm
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This classical allegorical title sheet is beautifully composed. Seated in a throne is the figure of Cybele, the ancient Phrygian earth-goddess with Eugea, the muse of geography, seated at her feet. Behind them a group of children representing the four continents are sitting atop a large globe with the winged figure of Pheme, the personification of fame and renown, overlooking the scene. In the background Atlas is depicted holding up the sky while Neptune rides his chariot through the sea. This example was sold by Christopher Browne in London.


Condition: B+

Light, even toning with some foxing and tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/2/2009