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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

ZAHN, Johann. [A baroque wind rose]
Venti Septentrionales.. Würtzburg, 1686. Coloured. 360 x 425mm Narrow top margin.
A very decorative wind rose, published in Zahn's book 'Mundi Mirabilis Economia'. A central compass rose is surrounded by rings naming the winds in Dutch, Latin and Italian, with a final ring with Latin-text descriptions. The disk is set into an architectural caprice with a windhead on either side. Johann Zahn (1631-1707), a philosopher of the Præmonstratensian order in Würtzburg, wrote a number of pseudo-scientific works accompanied by engravings of the highest standard, produced for a European nobility eager to experience the 'Enlightenment'.
[Ref: 17616]    £1,500.00 ($1,949 • €1,700 rates)


CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham. [An 18th century maritime explanatory print]
Nouvelle Carte pour conduire a la Connoissance de la Marine et a demontrer la plus part des Instrumens Amsterdam, 1720. French text. 500 x 600mm.
A large engraving illustrating ships and nautical instruments, with an extensive key to identify many parts of the ship. It was designed to as educational tool, explaining the meaning of maritime terms.
[Ref: 17171]    £1,500.00 ($1,949 • €1,700 rates)


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 ($714 • €623 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 ($234 • €204 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 ($1,429 • €1,246 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 ($247 • €215 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 ($2,338 • €2,039 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 ($325 • €283 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 ($390 • €340 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 ($227 • €198 rates)


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