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Auction 190, Lot 672

"Atlas Universel", Robert de Vaugondy/Delamarche

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1788 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 18.9 inches
35.3 x 48 cm
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This title page typifies the flourishing baroque and rococo style of French design and engraving that gained popularity in the latter part of the 18th century. The title is enclosed by scenes including four queens representing the continents. At lower right is Minerva who stands for Europe and wisdom. On the left are Asia with a camel and Africa holding an elephant tusk and riding a lion. America is shown as a muscular Amazon queen with a bow and quiver of arrows. The sun-god Apollo gallops across the heavens in his chariot, and a flock of adorable putti frolic around a large globe at center. From the edition published by Delamarche. Engraved by Ch. Baquoy, with lettering by J. Oger.

References: cf. Shirley (TP) #87.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper that has been remargined on three sides. There is light soiling in the margins that does not affect engraved image.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/16/2022