12 June 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
ANTWERP 1635 -- GEVARTIUS, Johannes Caspar. Pompa introitus Ferdinandi Austriaci Hispaniarum infantis... Antwerp: Johannes Meursius, 1641.
Broadsheets (552 x 408 mm). Engraved title, 42 engraved plates (plates 17-19 and 20-22 joined) and 46 engraved illustration in text after PETER PAUL RUBENS (1577-1640) by THEODOOR VAN THULDEN (1606-1669). (Lacks portrait of Ferdinand by Neeffs after van Thulden, a few short tears and light browning.) Contemporary Dutch vellum gilt, paneled with single and double fillet gilt borders inner cornerpieces, around a large gilt central ornate floral lozenge design, flat spine in 7 compartments each with central gilt rosette tool, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION of the only fully illustrated book by Peter Paul Rubens and "PERHAPS THE MOST SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE WHOLE 17TH CENTURY..." (Hofer). The work celebrates the entry of Cardinal-Infante FERDINAND OF SPAIN (1609-1641) as Governor in Antwerp on May 15th, 1635 and as victor of the battle of Nördlingen, where the Catholic Imperial army, won a great victory over the combined Protestant armies of Sweden and their German allies. (See lot 154 for his entry in Ghent in the same year). The splendid illustrations after Rubens include the engraved title with a portrait of Philip IV, a portrait of Ferdinand on horse back (after Rubens by Paulus Pontius), a view of Antwerp with the entry of the troops, triumphal arches, alegorical scenes, fireworks, and a bird's-eye-view of Antwerp. "Rubens' designs brought a new vigour to the trappings of a joyous entry and set a standard against which all future such occasions in Europe were measured... The Pompa introitus Ferdinandi stands today, as it did then, as one of the primary examples of a major artist working as a festival designer. And the book which commemorates the event is perhaps the most famous and magnificent of all fête books." (Festivities: Ceremonies and Celebrations in Western Europe 1500-1790 Brown University number 43.) This is the first issue without the date on the title page, and the colophon dated 1641. Berlin 2947; Hofer 128; Landwehr 99; Lotz 104.
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