Auction 134, Lot 7

"[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.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression printed on thick paper. Trimmed margins, varying from 1/8" to 3/8" with hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/1/2010