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Auction 186, Lot 753

"Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia, Regna et Status Exactis Tabulis Geographice Demonstrans...", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1745 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 18.8 inches
27.7 x 47.8 cm
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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 (Title Pages) #79.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color with a small abrasion at bottom left and soiling along the left edge, most of it confined to the blank margin.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/9/2022