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    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 153

    WAGNER, Johann. Kurtze doch gegründte Beschreibung des Durchleuchtigen Hochgebornnen Fürsten unnd Herren, Herren Wilhalmen, Pfaltzgraven bey Rhein ... Und derselben geliebsten Gemahel ... Frewlein Renata gebornne Hertzogin zu Lottringen und Parr, &c. gehalten Hochzeitlichen Ehren Fests. Munich: Adam Berg, [1568].

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    WAGNER, Johann. Kurtze doch gegründte Beschreibung des Durchleuchtigen Hochgebornnen Fürsten unnd Herren, Herren Wilhalmen, Pfaltzgraven bey Rhein ... Und derselben geliebsten Gemahel ... Frewlein Renata gebornne Hertzogin zu Lottringen und Parr, &c. gehalten Hochzeitlichen Ehren Fests. Munich: Adam Berg, [1568].

    2° (371 x 254mm). Hand-coloured woodcut arms of Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria and Renée de Lorraine on title. 15 engraved folding plates by Nikolaus Solis coloured by a contemporary hand. Woodcut tailpieces and initials. (Some spotting, a few leaves stained, title and some other leaves guarded in and with skillful marginal repairs, occasionally affecting text, unobtrusive wormhole in quire A, plates trimmed, repaired and laid down.) 17th-century German sheep over wooden boards with borders of blind rolls, gilt flower-tool cornerpieces, upper board with gilt arms of the Dukes of Bavaria, fore-edge clasps, spine in compartments with central gilt flower-tools, later blue edges (rubbed and scuffed with small losses, clasps worn, resewn and recased). Provenance: Dr Wolfgang von Schmaedel, Munich (bookplate by H. Wirsing dated 1924).

    A RARE FESTIVAL BOOK ILLUSTRATED BY ENGRAVINGS BY NIKOLAUS SOLIS, WITH CONTEMPORARY COLOURING. Kurtze doch gegründte beschreibung commemorates the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria, 'The Pious' (1548-1626) and Renée de Lorraine (1544-1602), the daughter of King François I of France, in Munich on 22 February 1568. Nikolaus Solis (c. 1542-1584) was descended from a family of artists and engravers, and his father was the artist and prolific printmaker and book-illustrator Virgil Solis the elder (1514-1562). The series of fifteen engraved plates by Nikolaus Solis which illustrate this work depict the wedding and the celebrations, and are considered his most important series of engravings. Solis collaborated with Adam Berg, the publisher of this volume, on two further books: Paracelsus' Archidoxa (Munich: 1570) and C. Franck's Passional (Munich: 1608). Graesse VII, p. 409; Lipperheide Sbc 2-3; Vinet 705.


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