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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    AMSTERDAM 1638 -- BARLAEUS, Caspar. Medicea hospes, sive descriptio publicae gratulationis qua...Mariam de Medicis, excepit senatus populusque Amstelodamensis. Amsterdam: J. & C. Blaeu, 1638.

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    AMSTERDAM 1638 -- BARLAEUS, Caspar. Medicea hospes, sive descriptio publicae gratulationis qua...Mariam de Medicis, excepit senatus populusque Amstelodamensis. Amsterdam: J. & C. Blaeu, 1638.

    2o (395 x 266 mm). Engraved portrait of Marie de' Medici, 2 large folding etched plates and 14 double-page etched plates after C.L. MOYAERT, S. DE VLIEGER and others, with two additional plates inserted: "Effigies Mariae de Medices," after G. HONTHORST and "Effigies Noblissimorum et Amplissimorum Consulum" by J. SUYDERHOEF after THOMAS DE KEYZER. (Title with repaired tears in lower margin.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard, manuscript title on spine. Provenance: Edward Ipers (inkstamp on pastedown, bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION, published simultaneously in French and Latin with the same plates, which are here in FIRST STATE, before letters. The large plates depict the entry of MARIE DE' MEDICI (1575-1642) into Amsterdam with admiring crowds, and ceremonial and allegorical scenes. Muller notes that the plates in presentation copies are not only unnumbered, as they are here, but are "also much lovelier, because they are more etched than engraved," and that they in some cases also show differences in content. In the present copy, the portrait and plates are all unnumbered. Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 108; Muller 1793; Vinet 489.


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