"[Untitled - Title Page for Atlas of Scotland]", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1654 (published)
Color: Hand Color
9.4 x 16.4 inches
23.9 x 41.7 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 was typically printed on a separate sheet and then pasted onto the sheet, however this example does not have one.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2.25.
Superb gilt highlights on a toned sheet with some offsetting from an opposing page.