"Atlas General Methodique et Elementaire, pour l'Etude de la Geographie et de l'Historie Moderne…", Desnos, Louis Charles
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1770 (dated)
Color: Black & White
20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm
A beautifully engraved title page filled with many allegorical figures including cherubic geographers with maps, globes, telescopes and other mapmaking aids, overseen by the figure of Clio, the muse of history, with her parchment scroll. Apollo rides across the eastern sky in his sun-chariot, chasing off an allegorical figure of Night with her canopy of stars, and in the background rest the Pyramids and a classical Greek temple. The foreground is filled with well rendered flowers, books and maps.
A vertical crease alongside centerfold and a few unobtrusive spots. A small amount of hand coloring has been applied to the figures on either side of the title cartouche.