"Atlas Historique. Tome Premier", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1721 (published)
Color: Hand Color
9.1 x 15.6 inches
23.1 x 39.6 cm
The frontispiece, by B. Picart, shows classical muses representing: Geography, using measuring dividers on a map; Navigation with a crown of ships' bows and holding an oar; Chronology ,holding a genealogical chart; and winged History writing the Atlas Historique. The muses surround Atlas who supports the large globe at center. Above them it appears that Father Time is carrying a woman to heaven where a pantheon of ancient gods awaits in the clouds.
A strong impression with lovely color and just a few minor spots, otherwise fine.