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Auction 173, Lot 6

"The English Atlas Volume II Tome I", Pitt, Moses

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1681 (published)


Color: Black & White

10.3 x 15.8 inches
26.2 x 40.1 cm
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This striking title page was updated from the design found in Jansson's Novus Atlas, with Ferdinand III replaced by his successor, Emperor Leopold I. The appearances of the seven surrounding Electors have also been amended, and more decorative features have been added. Above the Emperor and Electors, two eagles hoist a string of six armorial shields. In between the eagles looms the Imperial Eagle, Leopold I's coat of arms, and the Eye of Providence. Across the bottom, two emblems flank a small battle scene depicting the Emperor's forces triumphing over the Ottomans. Moses Pitt's plan for a large world atlas based on Jansson's work met with financial failure, and he was only able to complete four of the planned 12 volumes, this being the title page for Volume II.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T. PITT-1a; Shirley (TP) #48A; Van der Krogt (Vol I) 1:47B.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a trimmed sheet that has been attached to another sheet of old paper. There is a small chip at bottom left with a tiny portion of image missing.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/5/2019