[Frontispiece to 'Selectus Diplomatum et Numismatum Scotiae Thesaurus'.]
Engraving, rare. 405 x 275mm (16 x 10¾"). Narrow lateral margins, vertical crease.
An allegorical frontispiece featuring Queen Anne (1665-1714) as Queen of Scotland, seated on a throne flanked by unicorns with lances tipped with the Saltire, with a prospect of Edinburgh behind. Accompanying the queen figures including Time and Clio, Muse of history. It was published in 'Selectus Diplomatum et Numismatum Scotiae Thesaurus' by James Anderson (1662–1728), a compilation of medieval Scottish public records, charters and seals. Anderson, the lawyer son of a Presbyterian minister, had caused controversy for his 'Historical Essay Showing that the Crown and Kingdom of Scotland is Imperial and Independent', arguing that Scotland was not bound by the 1701 Act of Settlement, banning a Catholic succession. In 1715 he was appointed Postmaster General for Scotland, a reward for his labours on the Scottish records, but lost the position in the political struggles of 1717.
[Ref: 34895] £350.00