This beautiful and elaborate introduction page is filled with classical elements. Raised on a theatrical stage, the four women in center represent the continents (Asia, Europe, America and Africa from left to right). At the top center is a large armillary sphere flanked by Apollo with his lyre, Juno with the Milky Way flowing from her breasts, and geographers with their students perusing celestial and terrestrial globes. Around them are representations of the four elements: air, fire, earth and water.
References: Shirley (TP) #46; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2:01.
Full contemporary color with gilt highlights. light soiling that is heavier at far right, and some small chips and tears at far right that have been archivally repaired. A previous owner has cut out a 1x2.5" piece below the title that contained the volume number.