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DE SEGHELEN DER GRAVEN VAN VLAENDREN Ende - DE WREE, Olivier - 1640. 
Bruges, Belgium 1640 - Small 4to, Printed by Ian Baptiste and Lucas vanden Kerchove. Pagination: pp. (10), 208, (44), 112 (plates and maps), (58). A compendium of the shields, escutcheons and crests of the nobles of Flanders, with illustrations thereof. Written in Flemish, and published duing the period of Spanish rule; hence the effusive dedication to King Philip of Spain. Bound in period half leather over what might best be described as printer's boards, now heavily scuffed and slightly bowed. Joints starting but binding holding nicely. Stain to first 30, or so, pages, extending down from top margin about half way. Pages a bit rolled from binding stress, otherwise (except as noted) contents clean and unmarked, especially those pages on which the copper engravings of medallions, crests and maps are displayed. Some early Dutch handwriting to inside front board. Name (early "copperplate") to inside rear board. Measures 27 x 19 cm. WorldCat notes only sixteen copies in libraries of the "Dutch" edition of this book. Similarly, WorldCat notes only one institutional holding of the 1640 German edition (The British Library, London), although we suspect that this is an error as the information provided suggests that the cataloger mis-identified this as a separate German edition (Flemish and German, especially in the old type fonts, appear very similar). Four copies have appared at auction in the last five years, with an average hammer price of just over $1,000 USD. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: GREENFIELD BOOKS Ltd.]
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