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HOUWAERT, Jean Baptista (1533-99). Sommare beschrijvinghe vande triumphelijcke Incomst vanden ... Aerts-hertoge Matthias, binnen die Princelijcke stadt van Brussele. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1579. 4° (186 x 131mm). Full-page woodcut of the Archduke's coat-of-arms, full-page woodcut of his entry through the triumphal arch on the great market square, 31 full-page woodcuts by Antonij van Leest of allegorical scenes on decorated theatre stages erected in streets, 34 woodcut ornamental cartouches framing verse explications. Contemporary Southern Netherlandish gold-tooled calf (tear in spine). Provenance: Dukes of Arenberg (bookplate).
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HOUWAERT, Jean Baptista (1533-99). Sommare beschrijvinghe vande triumphelijcke Incomst vanden ... Aerts-hertoge Matthias, binnen die Princelijcke stadt van Brussele. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1579. 4° (186 x 131mm). Full-page woodcut of the Archduke's coat-of-arms, full-page woodcut of his entry through the triumphal arch on the great market square, 31 full-page woodcuts by Antonij van Leest of allegorical scenes on decorated theatre stages erected in streets, 34 woodcut ornamental cartouches framing verse explications. Contemporary Southern Netherlandish gold-tooled calf (tear in spine). Provenance: Dukes of Arenberg (bookplate).

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HOUWAERT, Jean Baptista (1533-99). Sommare beschrijvinghe vande triumphelijcke Incomst vanden ... Aerts-hertoge Matthias, binnen die Princelijcke stadt van Brussele. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1579. 4° (186 x 131mm). Full-page woodcut of the Archduke's coat-of-arms, full-page woodcut of his entry through the triumphal arch on the great market square, 31 full-page woodcuts by Antonij van Leest of allegorical scenes on decorated theatre stages erected in streets, 34 woodcut ornamental cartouches framing verse explications. Contemporary Southern Netherlandish gold-tooled calf (tear in spine). Provenance: Dukes of Arenberg (bookplate).

Finely illustrated description in verse and prose of the politically important entry into Brussels, on 18th January 1578, of Archduke Mathias of Austria, whose invitation by the States General of the Spanish Netherlands to act as their Governor was a clear subversion of Philip II's authority. "At his Joyous Entry, which followed Roman traditions, Matthias was welcomed as the Roman hero Scipio, whose task was to protect the Netherlands and free [it] from that highly unjust and unbearable oppression of Don Juan and his adherents and also to maintain us in our liberties, rights and privileges, which we have received from our ancestors'. For the occasion twenty-four stages had been erected devoted to the presentation of classical virtues such as truth, justice, diligence, constancy, faithfulness, temperance, liberality, clemency and modesty. Matthias and Orange, who was appointed Stadtholder-General, took the oath which included the reformulated clause of disobedience. The right of resistance was now enshrined in the Joyous Entry" -- M. van Gelderen, The political thought of the Dutch revolt 1555-1590 (2002) p.138. Bibliotheca Belgica III, 533-4; Landwehr 36; Ruggieri 1055.

The Arenberg copy has four other works bound with it: J.B. HOUWAERT, Milenus clachte d'Antijcke Tafereelen, Daer in men claerlijck geschildert ende beschreven siet de godloose regeringe der tirannen. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin for Willem Silvius in Leyden, 1577. 4°. FIRST EDITION. 3 large woodcuts by A. van Leest. Voet 1408B. -- De blijde ende heerlijcke Incomste van Mijnheer Franssois van Vranckrijck in Antwerpen. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1582. 4°. First Dutch edition, unillustrated, but 14 (of 21) folded etched plates inserted from the French edition. Landwehr 41. -- De Heerlicke Incomste van onsen ghenadighen Landt-Vorst, Francoys van Franckrijck in Brugge. Bruges: Thomas Moerman, 1582. 4°. FIRST EDITION. Landwehr 42. -- Corte verclaringe, ghedaen by Borgemeesteren, Schepenen ende Raedt der stadt van Antwerpen, nopende den aenslach teghen de selve stadt aengericht. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1583. 4o. Cockx-Indestege & Glorieux I, 1735.
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