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Auction 138, Lot 4

"Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Novus Atlas. Pars Sexta [Novus Atlas Sinensis]", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1655 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.3 x 16.8 inches
26.2 x 42.7 cm
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This exquisite title page features an arch with a top portico on pillars. The title to the sixth volume of Blaeu's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, focused on China, is on the door to an open portal, inviting the reader to enter into the exotic landscape. In the foreground, putti hold a map of China and make measurements on a globe within the continent of Asia.

References: cf. Shirley, (TP) #53A.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with marginal soiling. The title at top is on a separate sheet pasted to the engraving, as was common practice at the time.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/7/2011