MAGNA CARTA. London: J.Pine, After May, 1733.

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Lot 32
MAGNA CARTA.
London: J.Pine, After May, 1733.

Sold for US$ 5,075 inc. premium
MAGNA CARTA.
London: J.Pine, After May, 1733.
Hand-colored engraved broadsheet on paper, heightened in gold, an exact copy of the original Magna Carta in the Cottonian Library of the British Museum, 675 x 530 mm. The text of the charter surmounted by a panel with the facsimile signatures of the Trustees of the Cottonian Library giving their permission, the sides further decorated with the arms of the 25 barons who were in dispute with King John, many heightened in gold, and an explanatory text by Pine below the text. Upper and lower margins slightly shaved with very slight loss of the acanthus border, a few small wear holes along plate mark, at the left margin.

An important record of one of the World's foremost historical documents, Pine's exact copy of the Magna Carta, "This plate being a correct copy of King John's Great Charter". There are 2 surviving examples of the 1215 Magna Carta in the British Library, the example gifted by Cotton to form the New British Library was damaged by a fire at Ashburnham House, near the Houses of Parliament in October 1731, the sides curling and the seal melting (as shown in this engraving), although the text was readable. In December 1731 a transcription was made by the Commissioners, and Pine was engaged by the Cottonian Library to accurately preserve the words of this great document for posterity. The first impressions of this engraving were printed on vellum, and then copies were issued on paper. John Pine (1690-1756) was an accomplished engraver in London. He was a close friend of Hogarth, and in 1743 became the Kings engraver of seals, and Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms.
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MAGNA CARTA. London: J.Pine, After May, 1733.
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