"Meteranus Novus…", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1633 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
8.8 x 12.8 inches
22.4 x 32.5 cm
This graphic title page is from the German edition of one of the most important Dutch histories of the late 16th early 17th centuries. It was written by Emanuel von Meteren and published by famous Dutch atlas publisher Willem Blaeu. The engraving is the same used for one of the volumes of Blaeu's great atlas and is presented in the architectural format. A knight in full armor and a nun flank the title. At the top are two maidens displaying coats of arms, and the allegorical figure of Mars with his ferocious hounds. Unlike many of title pages of this period, the title and imprint are engraved onto the sheet, rather than pasted onto the engraved framework.
A hole in the title area has been expertly restored without facsimile of the missing letters. The left margin has also been extended, although the original margin is ample.