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Vertoogh van de Kryghs-Oeffeninge soo in 't particulier van musquet en spies, als in't generael van een corpus of gros der compagnien te voet van de guardes, van de ... Staten van Hollant ende West-Vrieslant. The Hague: Jacobus Scheltus I [part i] and Leendert Scheltus [parts ii-iii], 1670-73. 3 parts in one volume, 4° (199 x 150mm). Part i with engraved frontispiece and 56 etched plates, part ii with engraved title and 26 etched plates, part iii with 13 folding etched plates [?]only. (Frontispiece remargined and with small ink erasure on verso causing minor loss to image on recto, one plate in part i slightly rubbed, many plates in part iii torn with severe loss, some browning and spotting throughout, a few marginal tears.) Contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edges (vellum marked, recased, lacking ties).

FIRST COMPLETE EDITION. JOHAN MAURITS VAN NASSAU'S COPY OF A RARE WORK. An earlier edition of the first two parts was published by Nicolaes van Coevenhoven in 1669 under the title Exercitie memorie van de ed: groot-mog: heeren staten van Holland en West-Vrieslandt. Parts two and three in this edition are both dated 1673 and have the imprint of Leendert Scheltus, the title to part three reading: Het Derde boeck der kryghs-oeffeninge. Another issue is recorded in which part one is also dated 1673. Arnout Leers published a German edition in Amsterdam two years later in 1675.

Although the plates in part three are damaged in this copy, it has the distinction of belonging to Johan Maurits van Nassau, prince of the house of Nassau-Siegen, Dutch general and colonial administrator who conquered North East Brasil from the Portuguese, subsequently held commands in Europe in the Thirty Years' War, governed Cleves, Mark and Ravensberg for the elector of Brandenburg after 1647, and in 1652 was made a prince of the Holy Roman Empire. After his retirement in 1675 he lived at Cleves and his residence at The Hague, the celebrated Mauritshuis. Cf. Graesse I, 515.
Johan Maurits van Nassau (1604-1679, inscription on verso of frontispiece dated The Hague, 1 January 1674, further inscriptions noting the provenance on upper cover and spine of binding and lower flyleaf).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. Y-44).
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Christie's charges a Buyer's premium calculated at 20.825% of the hammer price for each lot with a value up to €90,000. If the hammer price of a lot exceeds €90,000 then the premium for the lot is calculated at 20.825% of the first €90,000 plus 11.9% of any amount in excess of €90,000. Buyer's Premium is calculated on this basis for each lot individually.


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