The History of the World.
London Printed for R: White. Tho. Basset, Jos Wright, Ric. Chiswell. Geo. Dawes & Tho. Sawdribge. 1676
Engraving with large margins, platemark 305 x 180mm (12 x 7"). Eighteenth century impression on watermarked paper; faint crease upper left.
Engraved title-page for an edition of Walter Raleigh's 'History of the World' (London, 1615). Female figure inscribed 'magistra vitae' ('directress of life') supporting a globe (showing ships and monsters). Angels either side of the globe representing good and bad fame, with further allegorical figures representing experience and truth. The central figure steps on representations of death and oblivion (ie. forgetting). The eye of Providence overlooking the scene. The British Museum has an earlier impression with different publication line (1872,0608.490).
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