Auction 134, Lot 4

"A Relation of a Journey begun An: Dom: 1610. Foure Bookes. Containing a description of the Turkish Empire of Aegypt, of the Holy Land, of the Remote parts of Italy, and Islands adjoining. The 6th Edition", Chetwind, Philip

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1670 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
6.4 x 10 inches
16.3 x 25.4 cm

This classical title page, engraved by Francis Delaram, is an allegorical and symbolic representation of the contents of the book and the author's travels through the Turkish Empire, Holy Land and Egypt. The figures represent great powers in ancient and modern history, as well as human values and divine promise. Atop the pediment is a medallion depicting Christ's Resurrection, flanked by the goddesses of Truth (Veritas) and Harmony (Constantia). Veritas holds a book in her lap, along with a huge quill pen. In her other hand she holds the sun. The helmeted Constantia holds a flame in one hand, and embraces a pillar with the other arm. A Turkish Sultan (Achmet, sive Tyrannus) stands in front of the pillar on the left. In his left hand he holds the orb of the world, in his right a yoke, and he is standing on the scales of justice and books of learning. On the other side of the title stands the Egyptian goddess, Isis (Isis, sive Aegypus). She is holding objects representing the ancient mysteries of Egypt. In the center below the title is a medallion depicting Cumaean Sibyl sitting in her cave; to her left virtue and to her right the Egyptian deity Apis.

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Condition: A

There are some paper flaws in the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 12/1/2010

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