Folio, pp. 500, , [2 (woodcut device on recto)]; with 4 copper-engraved titles and 28 copper-engraved plates (within pagination), of which 15 double-page, large woodcut initials, 2 pp. woodcut music; some browning due to paper quality (as usual); an excellent copy in contemporary Dutch vellum, central arabesque blocked in gilt within roll-tooled panel with gilt corner-pieces, spine gilt and lettered in ink, yapp edges and vestigial ties to fore-edge, edges stained blue; a little bumping; seventeenth- or eighteenth-century ink stamp and ownership inscription to title.
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Historica narratio profectionis et inaugurationis serenissimorum Belgii principum Alberti et Isabellae, austriae archducum, et eorum optatissimi in Belgium adventus, rerumque gestarum et memorabilium, gratulationum, apparatuum, et spectaculorum in ipsorum susceptione et inauguratione hactenus editorum accurata descriptio.
First and only edition of the most splendid Plantin festival book, with thirty-two engravings celebrating the arrival of Albert VII of Austria and Isabella of Spain in the Spanish Netherlands. Bochius’s laudatory verse recounts in detail the festivities for the triumphal entry of Albert and Isabella into Brussels and Antwerp, where he served as city clerk, and is followed by poems by Henri d’Outreman and Maximilien Vriendt celebrating entries into Valenciennes and Ghent respectively. Printed in only 775 copies, the text is accompanied by plates by Pieter van der Borcht, a pupil of Pieter Breugel, showing views of Antwerp and Ghent, the portraits of the archducal couple, and architectural structures erected for the festivities in their honour.
Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 62; Lipperheide Sd14 (formerly 2657); Simoni B195; STCV 160202; USTC 1003316.
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