"Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia, Regna et Status Exactis Tabulis Geographice Demonstrans", Homann, Johann Baptist
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1744 (published)
Color: Hand Color
11.1 x 19 inches
28.2 x 48.3 cm
This boldly engraved sheet has many allegorical figures gathered in front of a large globe. Standing atop the globe, Atlas and Hercules hold up the heavens. In the background, bats and owls fly in the night sky, while storks and eagles fly toward the sun. In the forefront is Neptune, god of seafaring, with his trident. To his right are Mercury, with winged helmet and caduceus, and Cybele, goddess of cities, representing civilization. Behind Cybele is Aeolus, god of the winds. From a later plate engraved by Michael Rossler circa 1720.
References: Shirley (TP) #79.
Full contemporary color with light soiling, some abrasions mostly at the bottom of the image, dampstaining in the bottom blank margin, and old paper repairs to small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.