"Atlas Novus ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis", Covens & Mortier
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
10.8 x 19 inches
27.4 x 48.3 cm
The famous Dutch artist Romain de Hooghe engraved this beautiful allegorical title page. The resplendent scene depicts Europa receiving tribute from the peoples of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Opposite, the figure of Geography is unfurling a map for Mars. In the background Atlas holds up the heavens and Apollo drives his chariot across the sky. In the foreground, several river gods and goddesses empty their vases while Triton blows his conch horn. A cartouche at bottom contains the title, Atlas Francois, and acknowledges the source of the map as those by Nicolas Sanson.
References: Shirley (TP) #72.
There are some soil and repairs in the margins, including a professionally repaired tear that entered 1/2" into the image at the lower right side.