Auction 136, Lot 7

"Atlas Historique Tome III", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9 x 15 inches
22.9 x 38.1 cm

The frontispiece from the third volume of Chatelain's historical atlas is almost identical in design to that from the second volume, although more rare as it was not normally used. The difference in engraving between the second and third volumes is the wording on both the large circular plinth at the base and the roof fragment below it, which state: 'Atlas Historique tom. 2 Second Part or Tome III' and 'from Zacharias Chatelain in Amsterdam.' This frontispiece was designed to convey to the reader that the work was based on the classics; thus it is filled with mythical figures. Seated on the plinth at center is the allegorical figure of Truth gazing into her mirror to view the past and assisting a scholar to record historical events. Above her sits Zeus identified by his attributes of an orb, scepter and eagle. Other figures in the complex scene include Time with his scythe and figures representing maritime trade, the Holy Roman Emperor, and the European nations that are described in volume II. Prepared by Romain de Hooghe and engraved by Sluyter.

References: Shirley (TP) #75A

Condition: A+

Beautifully colored with gold highlights. Minor soil in margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/1/2011