Lot 169

Scotland.- Blaeu (Johan and Willem)

Geographiae Blavianae Volumen Sextum, quo Liber XII. XIII. Europae Continentur, i.e. Atlas major, sive Cosmographia [volume VI, books XII: Scotia and XIII: Hibernia], 2 parts in one, Latin text, Roman and Latin letter, large printer’s woodcut device on volume title depicting an armillary sphere with Mercury and Hermes, part title within copper engraved armorial border, hand-coloured and heightened with gold, double column, printed side notes, 1 text engraving, 55 copper engraved maps, all but one on double page, also finely coloured in a contemporary hand and heightened with gold, embellished with natural relief, vessels, decorative cartouches for titles and scales, surrounded by masks, putti and allegories, coats of arms, light browning, occasional spotting or foxing, little marking, a few leaves marginally waterstained, endpapers heavily browned and spotted with slight offsetting, 1 leaf slightly chipped, marginal tear to ‘Buthe Insula’, early shelfmark to front pastedown and initials in a contemporary hand on front free endpaper, a.e.g., contemporary Flemish vellum over boards, covers ruled in gilt with floral border, large corner pieces of elaborate foliage and strapwork, central piece with oval space in the middle to an inner panel, spine gilt with floral bands and central rosettes, yapped edges, remains of modern green silk ties, upper board slightly bowed, soiled or spotted and wormholed, head of spine scuffed, [Koeman I, Bl 56], folio (545 x 370mm), Amsterdam, Blaeu, 1662.

Estimate: £10,000-£15,000