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Auction 195, Lot 796

Presentation Piece with Contemporary Color and Gold Leaf

"Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Pars Quinta", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1654 (published)


Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 16.3 inches
24.1 x 41.4 cm
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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 printed on a separate sheet and then pasted onto the sheet, as was common at the time of publication.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #2.25.

Condition: B+

Superb contemporary color highlighted in gold leaf. Faint, scattered foxing and light toning that do not distract.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/15/2023