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Auction 142, Lot 2

"Nova Reperta", Galle/Stradanus

Subject: Title Pages, Western Hemisphere

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.5 x 8 inches
26.7 x 20.3 cm
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This fascinating title page represents the increase in science and discovery that occurred at the turn of the 17th century. Nine numbered illustrations depict inventions and areas of discovery of the modern age, with a key at bottom. A small western hemisphere is shown, with only the names of Nova Francia and Florida shown in North America. A hint of a large southern landmass is depicted, encompassing Tierra del Fuego. The map is encircled by an inscription referring to Columbus and Vespucci. Other illustrations include a cannon, a printing press, and a clock. The title page was followed by a series of nine plates relating to these illustrations published in the Nova Reperta (New Discoveries).

Joannes Stradanus was a Flemish artist, who lived in Italy. He designed the drawings in the Nova Reperta and sent them to Antwerp where they were engraved by Philippe Galle, whose imprint appears at bottom right. Stradanus is also known for another work relating to America, America Retectio, known as one of the most important historical picture atlases.

References: Burden #139.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now pressed, on watermarked paper and professionally remargined on all sides. A chip at bottom that includes half of the numbered key and extends 1/4" into image has been professionally repaired, with image in facsimile.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000


Closed on 11/28/2012