The English Atlas. Volume II. Tome I.Anno 1681.
Engraving. 410 x 270mm, 16 x 10½". Trimmed close to plate.
One of the titlepages to the first English attempt at a 'Grand Atlas', a multi-volume atlas in the style of the Dutch cartographers. Moses Pitt began his plan to create the atlas in 1670, producing the first volume a decade later. He had to rely on existing Dutch maps rather than producing his own, negotiating use of the plates of Johannes Jansson to be published with English text. This volume contained maps of Germany, so this titlepage shows the Holy Roman Emperor (left) and his seven Electors. The double-headed eagle and arms at the top are overseen by the eye of the trinity. Originally intended to be a 12-volume set, arguments among the partners meant the project ground to a halt after four. In 1686 Pitt Atlas was arrested for debt and confined to the Fleet Prison and nothing is known of him after 1691.
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