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VREDIUS, Olivarius
Sigilla Comitum Flandriae et Inscriptiones Diplomatum ab iis editorum cum expositione historica.
1639. (6) ff., 308 pp., (48) ff., engraved half page map of Flanders, engraved succession 'tree' of Flemish Counts, engraved key to heraldry, and some 300 engravings of seals. Bound in contemporary vellum, title in ink on spine, ties intact. Minor handsoiling to covers, ownership inscription excised at foot of title with repair not affecting imprint, inkstain on Aa4 not touching image; some edge wear to first few leaves, a few small marginal tears; generally very good. Rare first edition Olivier de Vrée's (1596-1652) compendium of seals of the Counts of Flanders, a volume notable both for its antiquarian rigor - the work remains a standard reference on the subject - and for its some 300 copperplate engravings meticulously cataloguing the development of seals from the establishment of Flanders as a country in the ninth century (the 878 A.D. seal of Count Baldinus) to the time of the book's publication (the seals of Philip IV). Wax sigilla, impressed using a unique engraved metal matrix, were specific to individuals or institutions and used to certify official documents such as title deeds. Seals attracted the same sort of antiquarian study as coins - with which they were often collected and displayed - owing to their value as witnesses to ancient languages, history, art, and politics. Nor was the study of seals without real world importance during the seventeenth century, when reference to centuries-old documents could spark or halt the redrawing of European borders. The illustrations of the Sigilla Comitum Flandriae are profuse and of the highest technical quality. Executed … [Click Below for Full Description]
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