"[Theatrum Europaeum - Frontispiece]", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1725 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
8 x 12.7 inches
20.3 x 32.3 cm
Matthaus Merian's 21 volume history of Europe was published over an incredible 103-year span from 1635 to 1738. The title pages and frontispieces were evocative, allegorical illustrations of the themes of the particular volume. This engraving centers on a globe showing Europe. Above the globe, Fuga (Flight) and Timor (Fear) display symbols of victory and a beheaded Medusa, who represents the Islamic Ottoman Empire, to a group of cowering soldiers in the foreground. Drawn by Johann Andre Wolff and engraved by Johann Georg Wolffgang.
Sharp impression printed on thick paper. Trimmed margins, varying from 1/8" to 3/8" with hinge remnants on verso.