"Le Nouveau & Grand Illuminant Flambeau de la Mer. La Troisieme Partie", Keulen, Johannes van
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1699 (dated)
Color: Black & White
11 x 20 inches
27.9 x 50.8 cm
This title page, from the third volume of Van Keulen's Le Nouveau & Grand Illuminant atlas, features a classical maiden holding a shield, bearing a cross and half fleur de lys, and a torch (the "Flambeau de la Mer") to illuminate the scenery. To the right are Mercury and Neptune examining a compass, and a female figure representing Geography with terrestrial and celestial globes. Wind heads float in clouds above them, while a sea battle rages below their feet. The title page is joined to a sheet with the preface in French.
There are some minor stains and worm holes confined to blank margins with one small worm track in lower-left corner.