Auction 142, Lot 9

"Atlas Methodique et Elementaire de Geographie et l'Histoire...", Buy de Mornas, Claude

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1761 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.2 x 15.1 inches
53.8 x 38.4 cm

Gorgeous, large title page topped with a figure representing the muse of Learning bringing the geographical sciences to the gentlemen and woman lounging on a pastoral hillside. Nearby, a group of cherubs seem blinded by the brilliance of it all. The hillside and title are adorned by garlands of flowers, and the foreground is filled with waterfalls, animals, and foliage. A globe, telescope, compass, unrolled map, and quadrant dividers, which symbolize map-making, are included along the bottom of the page. Drawn by Desnos and engraved by Martinet.

References: Shirley (TP) #85.

Condition: A

A nice impression with fine color and a 1" tear below the clouds that has been expertly repaired.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/28/2012