Sunday, March 21, 2010

Armorial Ex Libris IX

The Czech heraldist Václav Filip (Wenceslai Wocc), now living in Italy, has an unorthodox approach to the subject of heraldry - sometimes with erotoheraldic motifs. He is represented by a not so erotic alliance ex libris for him and his wife Maria Graziæ, printed in offset. He himself is the naked supporter of the arms (ill.19). With his right hand he is holding his own shield and with his left hand his wife's shield and the helmet is put on his head.

Lastly a heraldic ex libris; in this study we see a bookplate for the well known ex librist and diplomat Benoît Junod, Switzerland. It is strictly a bookplate with the arms of Junod (ill. 20). The shield is surrounded by the collar of Knight of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the small shields are Geneva and Neuchâtel, the cantons of origin of Junod. It is a copper engraving from 1986 by the Swiss artist Paul Aeby.

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