"[Lot of 2] Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia, Regna et Status exactis Tabulis Geographice demonstrans… [and] Atlas",
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1710-1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
1) Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia, Regna et Status exactis Tabulis Geogrpahice demonstrans…, by Homann, ca. 1710, (11.2 x 19.3"). This engraved sheet has many allegorical figures gathered in front of a large globe. Standing atop the globe, Atlas and Hercules hold up the heavens. In the background, bats and owls fly in the night sky while storks and eagles fly toward the sun. In the forefront is Neptune, god of seafaring, with his trident. To his right are Mercury, with winged helmet and caduceus, and Cybele, goddess of cities, representing civilization. Behind Cybele is Aeolus, god of the winds. Engraved by Caspar Luyken. Shirley #79. B+ - some soiling mostly in the margins.
2) Atlas, by Reiner and Joshua Ottens, ca. 1740, (10.5 x 17.4"). Attractive title page depicting a scene of merchants and sailors on a dock. In the foreground is a large statue of Atlas holding a celestial globe on his shoulders. The ribbon style title is held aloft by cherubs. Drawn by G. van Houten and engraved by P. Schenk. C+ - toning and cracking in the upper right-hand side of the plate including a small chip that is backed with old paper.