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Map, World, Specialty, Nova Reperta, Stradanus, Old Master, Antique Print, Antwerp, 1591


Jan van der Straet, (Stradanus) (1523-1605) (after)
Jan Collaert II (1566-1628) (engraver)
Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times]
Philips Galle, Antwerp: c. 1591
8 x 10.5 inches image
8.5 x 11 inches overall

The richly illustrated title page for Nova Reperta, incorporating a map and symbols of some of the inventions and discoveries of the post-classical (ancient) era illustrated in the 19 subsequent plates of the entire work. An allegorical figure of a young woman representing the future enters the landscape, as a corresponding figure of an elderly bearded man, representing the past, is walking away. The woman’s pointer rests on a map of the Western Hemisphere bearing the names of the explorers Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci, representing the discovery of the New World. Beside it is a medallion of a compass rose, representing the invention of the compass, as well as maritime navigation. Nine other inventions or discoveries rest on the ground, each labeled according to a numbered key which gives their names in Latin in the lower margin: in the center a printing press and a cannon, on the left and right sides a mulberry tree with silkworms for the production of silk, the saddle and stirrup, the mechanical clock, the distillation process, and guaiacum, a resinous tropical wood whose self-lubricating properties make it useful for pulleys and bearings.

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Jan van der Straet, known as Stradanus, was a Flemish painter of the late Renaissance who also worked in Italy, producing religious subjects and hunting scenes among other subjects. He received early instruction from his father, then with Pieter Aertsen. He joined the painters guild in Antwerp in 1545 and worked in Lyon at the studio of Corneille de Lyon. In 1550, he went to Italy, where we worked for the Medici dukes, designing scenes for tapestries and frescoes for the Palazzo Vecchio and other projects. He also worked in Reggio for Pope Paul IV until the pope died in 1559, when he went to Rome. He worked with Francesco Salviati on the decoration of the Vatican Belvedere. Eventually he returned to Florence. Stradanus provided the drawings for hundreds of prints by Hieronymus Cock and by the Galle family in Antwerp. His paintings are in museums around the world.

Jan Collaert II was an engraver in Antwerp. He was a member of the large Collaert family of artists.

Philips Galle (1537-1612) was a Netherlandish draftsman, engraver and publisher based in Antwerp. Born in Haarlem, in 1570 he became a member of the guild at Antwerp. He engraved history subjects, portraits and genre pictures.

Full publication information: Ioan. Stradanus invent. Phls Galle excud.

Dedication: Aloysio Alamannio Flor’no. I. Strad. Invent. DD.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling.


Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 2, p. 578 (Collaert), Vol. 4, p. 139 (Galle), Vol. 8, p. 148 (Stradanus).

Hollstein, F.W.H. Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. 2008, cat. no. (Stradanus), III, 322, i, p.5-6.

“New Inventions of Modern Times [Nova Reperta], Title Plate.” Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000-2017. (28 September 2017).

“Stradanus.” Wikipedia. 21 February 2016. (28 September 2017).

“Title Plate: Nova reperta.” Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. (28 September 2017).

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16th Century