Naamen en Wapenen der Dykgraaven en Hoog Heemraaden van Delfland: van soo Oude tyden als deselven te vinden syn, tot deese. Includes: Naamen en Wapenen der Dykgraaven en Bailliuwen van Delfland; Sedert den Jaare 1323; and Naamen en Wapenen der Hoog Heemraaden van Delfland; Sedert den Jaare 1323. (Holland) ca. 1740.

Contemporary vellum binding with blindstamped ornaments on the front and back covers [16,5 x 10,5 x 2,5 cm]. In very good condition.

Drawings and handwriting in pen, ink and watercolor. 10, (8 blanks), 24, (31 blanks), 6 leaves with 161 small coats of arms (6 coats of arms per page), one full-page coat of arms and a larger coat of arms on the title page. With a 12-page index of the names. Owner’s entry on the verso of the preliminary leaf: „ex. lib: et coll: E.V. Waekendorst„.

Beautiful heraldic manuscript containing the handdrawn coats of arms of the earls and heemraads (officials of the „Waterschap“, literally translated as water board or water council, a Dutch regional committee charged only with managing the water surfaces) in the region of Delfland in South Holland, from 1323 to 1740. The now-called Midden-Delfland municipality is located in the Westland region of the Netherlands, and covers a surface with plenty of canals. This probably explains the extensive number of heemraads in the region.