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Auction 198, Lot 678

"[Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Pars Secunda]", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1645 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

9.7 x 16 inches
24.6 x 40.6 cm
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This fine title page is in the classic architectural style of the Renaissance and graced the section on France of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Two pillars are capped by a domed structure supporting the royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of France after the conclusion of the French Wars of Religion. Across the top is the motto of Henry IV, "Duo Protegit Unus" ("One protects two" - in other words, the king protects both France and Navarre). The imprint is pasted onto the engraved architectural framework, as was customary with title pages, however on this example the Latin title has not been added.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2:22A.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with gilt highlights. There is light soiling that is more pronounced in the blank margins, a couple of dampstains along the edges of the sheet, and two holes and a tear in the top margin, not affecting the image.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/19/2024