Auction 158, Lot 5

"Studio Geografico di Giovan Batista Nicolosi", Nicolosi, Giovanni Battista

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1660 (published)

Publication: Dell' Hercole e Studio Geografico

Color: Black & White

Size:
10.1 x 14.6 inches
25.7 x 37.1 cm

This very rare and dramatic title page depicts Hercules leaning on a globe, with a five-headed Hydra behind him. Hercules has apparently just slain a three-headed giant and another giant. A crowned eagle flies overhead with a banner with the Latin motto "Te Fautore Te Duce" (your patron will guide you). This frontispiece appeared in Nicolosi's Dell' Hercole e Studio Geografico, Italy's first atlas of the world.

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Condition: A

There is one spot of foxing at bottom right, marginal soiling, and the left margin has been extended to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/22/2016

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