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Auction 135, Lot 11

"[Lot of 9 - English Title Pages]",

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1690-1781



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The title pages from early printed books contained messages related to the work's content in symbolic and pictorial form. These ornamental compositions served both as an advertisement and as an introduction. They were often drawn and engraved by preeminent artists and engravers of the period and incorporated classical mythology, Christian symbolism, Renaissance art forms, allegories, symbols of power, and emblems of science and exploration. This lot contains a fine variety of title pages that introduced some of important English works.

1) The Gentlemans Recreation, Richard Blome, London, circa 1690. (9 x 13.5") Lightly toned with a faint damp stain in bottom right corner and some paper restoration in the blank margins. (B+)
2) The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords…, John Pine, London, 1739. (10.5 x 16.5") Hand color. A bit of faint foxing, mostly in the margins. (B+)
3) Atlas Minor, Herman Moll and John Bowles, London, circa 1740. (10.8 x 9") Outline color in the maps contained in the border, but mostly uncolored. Minor toning on fold with a fold separation without loss at top. (B)
4) Antiquities of England and Wales, frontispiece and title page, Alexander Hogg, London, 1786. (8.7 x 13.7") Minor surface soil and pencil & ink notations in blank margins of frontispiece. Light offsetting on title page. (B+)
5) Sacred Geography, Contained in Six Maps., John Senex, London, 1716. (8 x 15.3") Printed in black and red ink. Trimmed and pasted down on a sheet of paper, which is toned from a previous framing. (B)
6) A New Sett of Maps Both of Antient and Present Geography…, Edward Wells, London, 1706. (8 x 15") Pasted onto a heavy sheet of paper from a previous rebinding. Creased and soiled. (B)
7) A Complete Atlas, or Distinct View of the Known World…, Emanuel Bowen, London, 1752. (7.5 x 14.5") Red and black printing. Minor surface soil (B+)
8) The General Atlas of the Four Grand Quarters of the World…, William Faden, London, 1778. (10 x 16.5") Minor toning, pencil notations and soil on edges with a couple of soft creases. (B+)
9) The General Atlas of the Four Grand Quarters of the World…, William Faden, London, 1781. (10 x 16.5") Some toning and edge tears with a couple of creases. (B)



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Estimate: $200 - $300


Closed on 2/16/2011