Folio, pp. [8 (of 12)], 308, ; partially printed in blackletter; copper-engraved seal to title, with copper-engraved map, family tree, chart of coat of arms, and illustrations of seals (of which 2 full-page) in text; bound without (:)3.4 (dedication); light damp-stain to later leaves, a few tears (seldom affecting text) with old repairs, occasional marginal paper-flaws; otherwise an attractive copy in contemporary Dutch vellum with central gilt block, spine gilt in compartments, yapp fore-edges with vestigial ties, gilt edges; lightly bumped with a little dust-staining; early nineteenth-century inscription of Jan-Jacques Lambin to title, ‘Lambin, archivist van Ypres'.
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Sigilla comitum Flandriae et inscriptiones diplomatum ab iis editorum, cum exposition historica.
First edition of de Wree’s authoritative catalogue of Flemish seals, an attractive copy in contemporary vellum gilt. Exquisitely engraved by Samuel and Adriaen Lommelin and François Schelhaver the elder and younger, the illustrations offer an accurate and elegant record of the seals of the counts of Flanders from Baldinus in the ninth century to the contemporary Philip IV.
An earlier edition is almost certainly fictitious: a single copy dated 1630 is recorded at the National Library of Scotland, likely an erroneous transcription.
USTC 1004367; STCV 6687928.
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