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Rare, Finely Colored Engraving of Ships’ Flags

Flags. SCHENK, P. [Amsterdam, 1711]
Schouw=Park all Scheeps-Vlaggen… . 19 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches
Fine hand color; mended marginal split, a bit toned, else excellent.


A rare engraving of 191 ships’ flags from countries throughout the world. In addition to flags of nations are those of cities, city-states, royalty and high officials, and merchant companies. Notable and unusual are flags of New England, China, and Japan. The heraldry-loving British lead with no less than 23 flags relating to Great Britain; the Ottoman Empire follows with eight flags. Conveniently, the image at the bottom right serves as a guide to the colorist, where each color is signified by a particular pattern of lines.

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