"Toonneel des Aerdrycx, ost Nieuwe Atlas", Blaeu, (Family)
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1658 (published)
Color: Hand Color
7.7 x 12.7 inches
19.6 x 32.3 cm
This title page from the Netherlands section of Blaeu's great atlas is presented in the architectural format. A knight in full armor and a nun flank the title. At the top are two maidens displaying coats of arms, and the allegorical figure of Mars with his ferocious hounds. The Dutch title and imprint are pasted onto the engraved framework, as was customary with title pages.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2:21B.
A nice impression with minor soiling and a damp stain all confined to the blank margins.