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Auction 138, Lot 6

"Nuevo Atlas, o Teatro del Mundo ...Tomo Primero", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1659 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 15.3 inches
23.6 x 38.9 cm

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 flanked by astronomers with a celestial globe and a cartographer and Geography with a terrestrial globe. To the right of the sphere is Apollo with his lyre and Juno to the left, whose four lactating breasts represent the Milky Way. Around them are representations of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water. The publisher’s imprint and title has been pasted to the engraved sheet as was common at this time.

References: Shirley (TP) #46.

Condition: A

Superb old color with gilt highlights. A 1698 date in manuscript ink has been added below the publisher’s imprint. There is a slight abrasion to the right of the title, else fine. Hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/7/2011