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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 ($2,028 • €1,670 rates)


CELLARIUS, Andreas. [Atlas Coelestis title page]
Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica. Amsterdam: Schenk & Valk, 1708. Fine original colour. 430 x 265mm.
The famous title page of the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century, originally published by Jan Jansson in 1660. The most significant astronomers, including Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe and Galileo, watch the skies in which putti hold the title banner, a representation of the solar system and cross-staffs. Engraved by van Hoeven.
[Ref: 13675]    £900.00 ($1,217 • €1,002 rates)


Anonymous. [A satirical map on the Mississippi Bubble]
Afbeeldinge Van't Zeer Vermaarde Eiland Geks-Kop. Amsterdam, 1720, 290 x 230mm. Trimmed close to neatline, bottom right corner repaired.
A map of the island of "Geks-Kop" (fools cap) from "Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid" (The Great Mirror Of Folly). The title translates as "A representation of the very famous island of Mad-head, lying in the sea of shares, discovered by Mr. Law-rens, and inhabited by a collection of all kinds of people, to whom are given the general name shareholders". At the center of the image is a map of an island depicted as the head of a Fool wearing his traditional cap; the place names include Blind Fort, Bubble River, and Mad House, surrounded by the islets of Poverty, Sorrow, and Despair. Around the map are scenes including a crowd stoning the headquarters of the Compagnie and a creditor fleeing his investors in a land-yacht. This satirical engraving of the Mississippi Bubble is one of the most famous cartographic curiosities. It represents the collapse of the French Compagnie de la Louisiane d'Occident, founded by the Scottish financier John Law in 1717, which was granted control of Louisiana. Its plans to exploit the resources of the region (the 'Mississippi Scheme') captured the popular imagination and people rushed to invest: share prices opened at 500 livres, but rapidly rose to 18,000 livres. At this point speculators indulged in profit-taking, causing a run on the shares. Confidence collapsed, causing a run on the company's capital and the company went bankrupt, ruining many, not only in France, but throughout Europe. As a consequence of this failure, confidence in many colonial schemes collapsed, forcing many companies into bankruptcy, including the English South Sea Company and a number in the Netherlands, prompting this satire.
[Ref: 10616]    £750.00 ($1,014 • €835 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 ($2,028 • €1,670 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 ($744 • €612 rates)


MONTANUS, Arnoldus. [Portrait of Philipp Clüver]
Philippus Cluverius. Geographorum Phoenix. Leiden, c,1720. Uncoloured. 290 x 180mm.
Philip Cluver (1580-1622) was a Dutch historian who used maps extensively in all his books. His life's work was a general study of the geography of Antiquity, based on classical literary sources, supplemented by wide travels and local inspections. He became virtually the founder of historical geography.
[Ref: 15625]    £130.00 ($176 • €145 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 ($243 • €200 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 ($1,487 • €1,225 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 ($257 • €212 rates)


Anonymous. [C18th armillary sphere]
The Artificial Sphere. London, c.1750. Coloured. 190 x 125mm.
An armillary sphere within an ornate border.
[Ref: 10254]    £90.00 ($122 • €100 rates)


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