"[Lot of 2] Nieuwen Atlas, ofte Werelt Beschryvinge ende volkome afbeeldinge van verscheyde Coninckrycken, Landen ende Provintien, Tweede Deel [and] Atlas Scholasticus et Itinerarius",
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1641-1718 (circa)
1) Nieuwen Atlas, ofte Werelt Beschryvinge ende volkome afbeeldinge van verscheyde Coninckrycken, Landen ende Provintien, Tweede Deel., by Jan Jansson, 1641, hand color, (19.2 x 15.2"). This is a very beautiful and elaborate introduction page. Raised on a theatrical stage, the four women in center represent the continents (Asia, Europe, America and Africa from left to right). The top third of the page is crowded with many classical elements. In the center is a large armillary sphere with Apollo to the right with lyre and Juno to the left, whose four breasts are lactating which represent the Milky Way. Around them are representations of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water. Cf Shirley #46. A condition - small tear in bottom left margin and slight crease in upper-right side of image.
2) Atlas Scholasticus et Itinerarius, by Johann David Koehler, ca. 1718, black & white, (15.5 x 13.2"). This is a title page to an early school atlas. In the forefront is a globe surrounded by Neptune to the left, god of seafaring, and Cybele to the right. Cybele, goddess of wisdom, is depicted as a teacher instructing four young boys who represent the continents. In the background is Atlas holding up the heavens along with the angel Fame who is celebrating the event. Created by C. Dipuis and engraved by J. Berksmiller. B condition - partial title is missing due to trimmed lower and upper margins.