[Title-Page] Atlas Universel Dresse Sur Les Meilleures Cartes
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An attractive uncoloured example of the frontispiece to Paolo Santini's "Atlas Universel". The page is surmounted by Apollo being drawn in his chariot by four white horses. Below is the atlas title and large personifications of the four continents - Africa stands beneath Apollo and shields her eyes against his approach. A large globe and putti are depicted above Santini's imprint. Shirley remarks in "Courtiers And Cannibals" that Santini had copied this frontispiece almost exactly from Gilles Robert De Vaugondy's "Atlas Universel" that was first published in Paris in 1757.
region: Title Pages
place and date of publication: Venice 1776
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncolouredref: 34008
size in mm: 470 x 340
literature: Shirley, Courtiers And Cannibals, 87.
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