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Auction 156, Lot 4

"Atlas Novum ad Usum Sernissimi Burgundiae Ducis / Atlas Francois. A l'Usage de Monseigneur le Duc de Bourgogne...", Covens & Mortier

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 19.1 inches
27.7 x 48.5 cm
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The famous Dutch artist Romain de Hooghe engraved this beautiful allegorical title page. The resplendent scene depicts Europa receiving tribute from the peoples of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Opposite, the figure of Geography is unfurling a map for Mars. In the background Atlas holds up the heavens and Apollo drives his chariot across the sky. In the foreground, several river gods and goddesses empty their vases while Triton blows his conch horn. A cartouche at bottom contains the title, Atlas Francois.

References: Shirley (TP) #72.

Condition: B+

A nice example with professional repairs to several chips and tears in the right blank margin, with a few tears entering image about 1".

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $140

Closed on 2/17/2016