"Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae Totius Orbis Faciem, Partes, Imperia, Regna et Provincias…", Lotter, Tobias Conrad
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1760 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
11.2 x 19.3 inches
28.4 x 49 cm
Designed by Jacob Christoph Weyerman and engraved by Martin Gottfried Crophius, this complex sheet is centered on a large globe that displays the Eastern Hemisphere. Figures representing the four continents surround the globe, each attended by a courtier or servant with a map of their region. Above the globe, a quartet of putti stoke the fire beneath a large caldron, Pegasus stands atop Mount Olympus, Neptune rides his sea-horse drawn chariot across the sea, and merchants make preparations for a voyage. Hovering over the scene is Mercury with his winged helmet and caduceus, who represents communications, trade and travel. The foreground is filled with attributes of Lotter's cultured Germanic world. Minerva is seated at an easel in her role as patroness of the arts, while a soldier provides protection for these pursuits in the opposite corner.
References: Shirley (TP) #82.
There is a horizontal crease near center. There is some expert paper restoration in the left side margin, not affecting the image and the other margins are a bit soiled.