"Le Theatre du Monde ou Novvel Atlas Contenant les Chartes et Descriptions de Tous les Pais de la Terre", Blaeu, (Family)
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1643 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
9.4 x 15.5 inches
23.9 x 39.4 cm
This beautiful and elaborate introduction page is filled with classical elements. Raised on a theatrical stage, the four women in center represent the continents (Asia, Europe, America and Africa from left to right). At the top center is a large armillary sphere flanked by Apollo with his lyre, Juno with the Milky Way flowing from her breasts, and geographers with their students perusing celestial and terrestrial globes. Around them are representations of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water. The title was printed onto the sheet using a separate plate.
References: Shirley (TP) #46.
Watermarked paper with marginal soiling.