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Auction 158, Lot 4

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.

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/22/2016