"Studio Geografico di Giovan Batista Nicolosi", Nicolosi, Giovanni Battista
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1660 (published)
Publication: Dell' Hercole e Studio Geografico
Color: Black & White
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.
There is one spot of foxing at bottom right, marginal soiling, and the left margin has been extended to accommodate framing.