Auction 139, Lot 7

"Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1746 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 15.3 inches
28.7 x 38.9 cm

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 is De Fer's mark - an armillary sphere with the words A la Sphere Royale flanking it. To the left is Urania using an astrolabe and Atlas supports a globe on the right. The central cartouche at bottom has been completed in manuscript brown ink on a separate piece of paper and pasted onto title page, attributing the publisher, Guillaume Danet, who was De Fer’s son-in-law and successor. The coats of arms of the king of Spain and le Dauphin are also featured.

References: Mclaughlin, #TP-11; Pastoureau, p. 185-88.

Condition: B+

On heavy, watermarked paper with a few spots. Professionally remargined on all sides with old paper, with some loss of neatline.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 2/15/2012