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