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Auction 138, Lot 5

"Novus Atlas, sive Theatrum Orbis Terrarum…", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1656 (dated)


Color: Black & White

10.2 x 15.8 inches
25.9 x 40.1 cm

This elaborate title page features the four continents represented by four female figures. At bottom are Europe and Asia, fully clothed, with Africa and America standing topless above them. Each is accompanied by animals from her continent. At the top, Atlas supports an armillary sphere, flanked by sages and scholars studying celestial and terrestrial globes. This title page also depicts numerous putti and hanging garlands of fruit and flowers. Engraved by Dutch artist Daniel van Bremden.

References: Shirley (TP), #50A.

Condition: B+

A strong impression with good original margins. There is a stain in title cartouche and old ink signature in top blank margin. The date 1656 has been added by the same hand below the publisher's imprint.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $190

Closed on 12/7/2011