Auction 172, Lot 10

"Atlas Homannianus Mathematico Historice Delineatus", Homann Heirs

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1762 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 18.5 inches
27.4 x 47 cm

An evocative title page with a large globe and three female figures. The two angelic figures represent History and Geography, while the third classical muse is Urania, goddess of Astronomy or Navigation, standing by with a telescope, a compass, and an armillary sphere. The top of the map is balanced with a pair of putti holding the banner title, while below Apollo in his sun-chariot greets a personification of the North Star as night passes into day. Drawn by Johann Justin Preister and engraved by Andreas Hoffer.

References: Shirley (TP) #86.

Condition: A

A bright sheet with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 4/17/2019