flypapers

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Here is a really awesome 1720-ish book of heraldry from the Laing Collection within the Edinburgh University Special Collections! It’s a really unique item for a number of reasons, not least of which is the flypapers that are actually wallpaper scraps!



To me, however, the most interesting thing about it is how it’s a mix of print and hand work. The fourth picture is a coat of arms that for some reason was never finished, and shows how each coat in the book was embellished from this basic template. The artist’s reference is even still stuck on the page! Another highlight is the later pencil question mark next to the word “finely” in the title- I guess Laing had some opinions about the quality of the paintings!