Auction 137, Lot 4

"[Lot of 2] Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus; in quo Tabulae et Descriptiones omnium Regionum… [and] Cartes Geographiques d'Asie, d'Affrique, et d'Amerique",

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1645-1717 (dated)

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Color: Hand Color

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A. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus; in quo Tabulae et Descriptiones omnium Regionum…, by Willem Blaeu, dated 1645, (9.3 x 15.4"). 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 represents the Milky Way. Around them are representations of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water. Ref: Shirley #46.. Condition: Lovely color with gilt highlights. A few faint spots, and heavy toning in blank margins. (B+)

B. Cartes Geographiques d'Asie, d'Affrique, et d'Amerique, by Nicholas de Fer, dated 1717, (11.2 x 15.2"). This lovely title page features a small world map atop an architectural structure. The map features California as an island and the North American coastline continuing to the top of the map. On top of the structure sits an armillary sphere, with Urania using an astrolabe on the left and Atlas supporting a globe on the right. This title page was originally issued for his Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques. On this edition the cartouches with the title and date have been replaced with the title and date printed on separate sheets, which occurred at the time of publication. Ref: cf. Mclaughlin, #TP-11. Condition: Watermarked paper with very light, scattered foxing. There are two small holes, one at the base of the astrolabe and the other just outside image at bottom left. (B+)

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Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $260

Closed on 9/14/2011

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