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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

HOOGHE, Romeyn de. [Atlas title page by a Dutch Old Master Etcher]
Atlas Novus ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiae Ducis. Atlas Francois... Amsterdam: Jean Covens & Cornelle Mortier, c.1720. 495 x 290mm.
An allegorical title page by Romeyn de Hooghe, one of the foremost artist/etchers of the period, known for his wall maps and propaganda prints supporting William of Orange after England's 'Glorious Revolution', including the monumental sea charts for Pierre Mortier's 'Neptune François'. The upper section shows allegorical figures of the Continents making obeisance to a female France; the lower section has four figures representing rivers.
[Ref: 13678]    £550.00 ($717 • €617 rates)


CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham. [Titlepage]
Atlas Historique. Tome IV. Amsterdam, c.1721. 400 x 245mm. Some slight creasing.
Decorative engraved title, with allegorical figures representing the countries of Northern Europe.
[Ref: 7765]    £180.00 ($235 • €202 rates)


HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Pair of Globes & an Armillary Sphere]
Sphærarum Artificialium Typica Representatio novissime adumbrata. Nuremberg, c.1730. Original colour. 485 x 585mm. Two small tears repaired.
An 18th century representation of a pair of terrestrial and celestial globes and a Ptolemaic armillary sphere, en suite, all on Baroque stands. The terrestrial globe shows Asia, Europe and Africa with simple cartography, the celestial shows various constellations with figures according to Greek mythology. The armillary sphere has a central earth called “Terra,” within horizon, and meridian, the central bands including zodiac, equator, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and polar circles.
[Ref: 8109]    £1,100.00 ($1,434 • €1,234 rates)


HOUBRAKEN, Jacobus. [Portrait of Walter Raleigh]
Sr. Walter Ralegh London, J & P Knapton, 1739. Copper engraving. 370 x 230 mm
Famous engraving of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), a poet, writer, explorer, soldier, sailor, courtier and favorite of the Queen, Raleigh was a true "Renaissance Man". Much of his literary work is lost, but about thirty short poems and various prose works survive, including History of the World. Jacobus Houbraken was a Dutch engraver, who was born in Dordrecht. He learned the art of engraving from his father, Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719), and devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture. His work became famous through his collaboration with the historian Thomas Birch and artist George Vertue, on the project entitled, Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, published in parts in London from 1743 to 1752, and from which this portrait come from.
[Ref: 16758]    £190.00 ($248 • €213 rates)


LE NOBLE, Eustache. [A map of the 'Isle of Marriage']
Carta Topografica dell'Isola del Maritaggio di Monsieur Le Noble per la Prima Volta Tradotta Dal Francese in Italiano. In Cosmopoli, MDCCLXV. Italy, 1765. 8vo, contemporary vellum; letterpress title, pp. 40, folding map, 250 x 355mm. Map with repaired tear.
A treatise on the Island of Matrimony, written as a travel book, describing: how to reach the island, through the ports of 'Love', 'Bad Advice' or 'Self-interest'; and where to live, including the provinces of 'the Jealous' and 'the Cuckolds', and the 'Mountains of in-laws'. Once on the island it is impossible to leave, but it is possible to go to the peninsulas of 'Widowhood' and 'Divorce', the 'Great Mausoleum' and, for the truly masochistic, 'Bigamy Island'. The title cartouche features a man with the 'cuckold's horns'. There are other features we have not been able to translate from the slightly archaic Italian, so this item is worthy of further research.
[Ref: 13030]    £1,800.00 ($2,347 • €2,020 rates)


CLOUET, Jean Baptiste Louis. [Armillary Sphere]
[Armillary Sphere.] Paris, 1770. Original colour. 320 x 555mm. Split in centrefold repaired.
A decorative engraving of an armilllary sphere, with Earth at the centre and the rings representing the various planes, on an ornate stand. Down the sides is a descriptive text. Published for the Geographie Moderne.
[Ref: 7904]    £250.00 ($326 • €281 rates)


CLOUET, Jean Baptiste Louis. [Wind Rose]
[Des Ventes] Paris, 1770. Original colour. 320 x 555mm. Split in lower centrefold repaired, minor printer's crease in unprinted area.
A very decorative 'Wind Rose' 300mm in diameter, with a descriptive text down the sides. Published for the 'Geographie Moderne'.
[Ref: 7906]    £300.00 ($391 • €337 rates)


ROBERT, Hubert. [Vesuvius erupting in 1779]
Vue de la Sommité et du Crater du Vésuve au moment de l' Eruption du 8 Août 1779. Cette gerbe de feu qui dura trois quarts d'heure, s'éleva à la hauteur de dix mille pieds. Paris, c. 1780. Coloured. 440 x 335mm.
A dramatic image showing Mount Vesuvius ( Vesuvio ) erupting in August 1779. Figures in the foreground are shown running to escape.
[Ref: 17657]    £175.00 ($228 • €196 rates)


MORLAND, George. [A French edition of Morland's famous anti-slavery scene]
[Traite des Nêgres.] Paris: François Jules Gabriel Depeuille, c.1794. Stipple engraving, proof before title. Sheet 385 x 475mm.
A scene highlighting the brutality of the slave trade, with a family being split up by different slave traders on an African beach. The painting by George Morland is regarded as the first painting to record a slave trading scene; when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788 it gave a substantial boost to the Abolitionist cause only a year after the founding of the 'Society for the Abolition of the Slave trade', and neary two decades before Britain banned the slave trade. Revolutionary France abolished slavery in her colonies in 1794 but it was reintroduced by Napoleon in 1802; it was finally banned after the 1848 revolution. This French version, engraved by Rollet in stipple, was copied from the mezzotint by John Raphael Smith and published in 1791, with a pair, 'African Hospitality', which showed natives rescuing Europeans from a shipwreck.
[Ref: 18413]    £950.00 ($1,239 • €1,066 rates)


EDRIDGE. Henry. [Portrait of the explorer Mungo Park from the account of his first Niger Expedition]
Mr M. Park. London: G. Nichol, 1799. Stipple engraving. Sheet 270 x 210mm.
A fine stipple engraved oval portrait of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park (1774-1806), engraved by Thomas Dickinson after Edridge and published as the frontispiece to his 'Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa'. Under the patronage of Sir Joseph Banks and the African Association, Park travelled to Africa to seek the source of the River Niger (1795-7). His expedition was delayed by captivity and illness (he spent seven months convalescing in a man's home), and he was believed dead when he returned to Britain. His detailed account of his travels gave Europeans one of the first accurate descriptions of the African interior and its inhabitants. He wrote that the Mandinka he met being taken to the European slave ships believed they were going to be eaten by the whites! His summation that 'whatever difference there is between the negro and European, in the conformation of the nose, and the colour of the skin, there is none in the genuine sympathies and characteristic feelings of our common nature' did much for the Abolitionist cause. Park returned to the Niger in 1805; this time his luck deserted him and he drowned trying to escape a native attack.
[Ref: 14250]    £150.00 ($196 • €168 rates)


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