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Title Pages

Title pages were used not only to identify the contents that followed, but also to establish for a publisher the tone of the atlas . The image could relate to the subject of the atlas, heraldic devises could appeal to patrons, allegories provide evidence of the sophistication and learning of the author, or the quality of the engraving and color could establish the excellence of the publishing house. The quality of the design, engraving, and often coloring makes these art objects in their own right, as well as historic artifacts of the early days of geographic publishing.

Braun Hogenberg title page
"Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Liber Primus." Title page for the first part of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum by Braun and Hogenberg. Cologne, 1572-1618. 14 1/4 x 9. Hand colored. Some smudges and old ink manuscript in top margin. Professionally conserved. Very good condition.

A goddess of culture and learning sits atop a pedestal surrounded by architectural motifs. Beneath her and flanking are two figures: a barbaric man with early tool and sheaf of grain represents the first vestiges of civilization and a figure of Athena representing classical civilization with an owl, signifying wisdom, at her feet. At the base of the structure are three scenes of the ancient development of cities in the world. A fitting allegory for one of the earliest studies of the cities of the world. $375



Braun Hogenberg title page
"De Praecipuis, Totius Universi Urbibus, Liber Secundus." Title page for the second part of the Civites Orbis Terrarum by Braun and Hogenberg. Cologne, 1574-1612. Engraving. 13 3/4 x 9. Hand colored. Some surface smudges and old ink manuscript in top margin. Professionally conserved. Very good condition. Denver.

A goddess holding wheat sheaves and a drum sits atop a chariot pulled by two lions. She is flanked by figures representing religion and politics. These three figures are supported by an architectural motif which contains the title of the book. At the base a pair of men holding globes sit next to a vase that represents commerce, and on the other side are two men wearing lion skins to represent primitive fighters. The two sets of men flank a picture of a plowman representing agriculture as the basis and support of cities. The German editors of this series of city views recognized events in both ancient and modern history that contributed to the rise of great cities in the world. $425



Mercator title page
"Belgii Inferioris Geographicae tabula." Sectional title page for the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1613. Engraving. 9 x 6 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition. Framed.

An elaborate section title page for one of the sections of Gerard Mercator's landmark Atlas. The mannerist design supports fruit, fish and two cherubs. A fine example of the style. $200



Germaniae Table Geographicae. Sectional title page from the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1813. Engraving. 9 x 6 1/2. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Another Mercator sectional title page, this for the German region. $150



Blaeu title page
"Le Theatre Du Monde, ou Nouvel Atlas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. La Seconde Partie de la Seconde." Sectional title page from the Blaeu Nouvel Atlas. Amsterdam: Jean Blaeu, 1650. 16 1/4 x 9 7/8. Engraving. Superb original hand color with gold leaf highlights. Excellent condition.

Title pages were produced by Jean Blaeu, a member of the most famous and respected cartographic firms of all time. The firm, located in Amsterdam, was founded by Willem Blaeu (1571-1638). Willem studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world. It was later run by Willem's sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Jean. The work of the Blaeu firm of Amsterdam is known for its fine engraving, coloring and design and their has been called "the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art." These title pages are superb evidence of the justness of that claim. $575



De Wit title page
"Atlas." Amsterdam: Frederick de Wit, ca. 1680. Engraving. 17 1/2 x 10. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A handsome title page from Frederick de Wit's atlas of about 1680. De Wit followed in the footsteps of his Dutch predecessors, Blaeu, Jansson and Hondius, in producing some highly decorative and finely crafted atlases. This title page shows Atlas, the Titan, standing at the North Pole holding up the heavens. The globe shows Europe, Asia and Africa, and contains an early depiction of Australia. $750



"Arcano Del Mare." Title page from Robert Dudley's sea atlas. Florence, 1661. Engraving. 18 x 13. Very good condition.

A primarily textural title page from Robert Dudley's rare sea atlas. Includes a depiction of the constellation Ursa Minor with the Northern Star at tip of its tail. $550



Title page
"Table des Cartes etc: Du Sr. Sanson. Contenues Dans ce Volume." Amsterdam: P. Mortier, ca. 1700. 20 1/2 x 16 7/8. Superb original hand color. Excellent condition.

A fine example of the title page used by Pierre Mortier for his Atlas Nouveau. The central panel, where the table of contents would have been pasted, is surrounded by allegorical scenes. To the left is Atlas shown supporting the world, above which is figured Jupiter, while Jupiter is shown in a vignette behind. On the right is a female figure standing with a bookcase and globe, probably representing Athena as Goddess of Wisdom. At the bottom is a particularly interesting scene of geographers studying in a library. One of the most decorative title pages, here in superb original color. $850



"Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes Sur toutes les parties du Globe Terrestre." Title page for Jean Janvier's atlas. Paris: Latree & Thomas, 1762. Drawn by Mounet. Engraving by Prevost. With some wear and short tears in margins. Perforated library stamp. Overall, still attractive and good condition. $150




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Map & Globe Related Prints

Globes
Johann Baptist Homann after Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr. "Sphaerarum Artificialium Typica Repraesentatio novissime edumbrata." Nuremburg: J.B. Homann, ca. 1703. Engraving. 19 x 22 3/4. Original hand color. Some soft creases at top center. Very good condition.

A lovely plate showing an armillary sphere and a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes. The plate was based on a design by Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr. Doppelmayr was a professor of mathematics in Nuremberg and he wrote on geography, astronomy, cartography, and other mathematical subjects. He was also a globe maker and was concerned with bringing scientific ideas to the growing educated public during the Enlightenment. Towards that end he collaborated with Nuremberg cartographer Johann Baptist Homann in producing a number of excellent celestial charts and diagrams.. In 1702 Homann, who was appointed Geographer to the Emperor in 1715, founded a map and globe making business, which upon his death in 1724 passed on to his son, Johann Christoph Homann and then to his heirs, who traded under the name of Homann Heirs from 1730 into the nineteenth century. This firm came to dominate German cartography and the beautiful production of this plate graphically demonstrates the appeal of the firm's output. $2,400



Globes
Images of Globes, Armillaries, etc. Engravings from various geographies, encyclopedias, etc. issued in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.




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