"Theatri Europaei Continuatio X…", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1677 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
7 x 11.3 inches
17.8 x 28.7 cm
Matthaus Merian's 21 volume history of Europe was published over an incredible 103-year span from 1635 to 1738. The title pages and frontispieces symbolized the ravages of war and the costs of victory. At left is Bellona, the Roman goddess of War, surrounded by soldiers, with Pax, the goddess of Peace at right, who has her foot on a fire-breathing Gorgon with the noblemen of Europe in the background. Below the scene a sea battle rages on either side of the title.
Minor soiling in blank margins, and far bottom-right corner is chipped.