Auction 157, Lot 5

"Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus Tertia Pars cum Appendice I & II Partium Antehac Editarum", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1640 (published)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 16.1 inches
27.4 x 40.9 cm

This is a superb architectural style title page. Classical geographers Ptolemy (left) and Marinus (right) flank the title with a terrestrial globe in the foreground and a celestial globe resting on the entablature. It was a common practice for publishers to print the titles on separate sheets that were pasted into the space left on the engraving, as is the case with this sheet.

References: Shirley (TP) #47B; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2:23.

Condition: B+

Original color that has been refreshed on paper with a jester watermark. There is light soiling and a tear in bottom blank margin that has been repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/4/2016