Presentation Piece with Original Color and Gold Leaf
"Toonneel des Aerdrycx, ost Nieuwe Atlas", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1654 (published)
Color: Hand Color
9.4 x 16.3 inches
23.9 x 41.4 cm
This architectural title page was for Blaeu's atlas of Scotland, and depicts the royal coat of arms of Scotland in the top half, featuring a shield with the red lion of the King of Scots supported by two chained Unicorns. The motto above the crest, "In Defence" is a contraction for "In My Defens God Me Defend." The title imprint is pasted onto the sheet, as was common at the time of publication.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2.25.
Excellent impression with superb original color with gold highlights. There are a few faint spots of foxing, and extraneous vertical crease that runs the length of the sheet, a small abrasion along the neatline at left, and marginal soiling.