Auction 140, Lot 5

"Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia, Regna et Status Exactus Tabulis Geographice Demonstrans", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 19 inches
27.9 x 48.3 cm

This boldly engraved sheet has many allegorical figures gathered in front of a large globe. Standing atop the globe, Atlas and Hercules hold up the heavens. In the background, bats and owls fly in the night sky while storks and eagles fly toward the sun. In the forefront is Neptune, god of seafaring, with his trident. To his right are Mercury, with winged helmet and caduceus, and Cybele, goddess of cities, representing civilization. Behind Cybele is Aeolus, god of the winds. Engraved by Caspar Luyken.

References: Shirley #79.

Condition: B+

Lovely color with one tiny hole at lower left, a few unobtrusive spots, a vertical crease and marginal soiling. The left-hand margin has been extended to better accommodate framing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/23/2012