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The English Atlas TITLE PAGE ENGRAVING
[Oxford:]: [for J, Jansonius a Waesberge, Moses Pitt and Steven Swart,], [1680].. From the first edition.. 46 x 29.5cm.. Stunning, large allegorical title page by J. van Munnikhuysen after Zacharias Webbers. Trimmed at borders. Few minor edge tears, repaired, top one just barely touching cherub, no true affect to the illustration, overall it is a beautiful piece from a very rare and important. Most suitable for framing. Mounted on larger plain leaf. Based on the concept of Atlas Major by Joan Blaeu, PittÕs atlas was to be made of twelve volumes, but only four were completed when Pitt was imprisoned for debt. The title page illustrates mythical figures Neptune at the left of a large globe, and Cybele, Mother Godess of Earth at the right, with lion at her feet, in the background Atlas is shown holding a celestial globe on his shoulders, a seated muse is in front representing history. Wing P2306. NMM 410.
      [Bookseller: Dark Parks Books & Collectibles]
Last Found On: 2018-01-09           Check availability:      Biblio    

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