12 June 2009
ANTWERP 1549 -- GRAPHEUS, Cornelius. Spectaculorum in susceptione Philippi Hisp. Prin. Divi Caroli. V. Caes. F. An. M.D. XLIX. Antverpiae aeditorum mirificus apparatus. Antwerp: Gillis van Diest for Pieter Coecke van Aelst, June 1550.
2o (289 x 190 mm). 29 fine woodcut illustrations and plans (five double-page and one folding with extension) by PIETER COECKE. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, spine with later gilt tooling, brown morocco lettering-piece (a few repairs, drying and cracking). Provenance: Willem van der Haghen, a prosperous merchant at Ypres, Belgium and tutor and uncle to Stephen van der Haghen (1563-1624) a merchant and prominent figure in the East India Company (inscription dated 1590 on title of the Bede); bookplates with Spanish royal arms and an unidentified owner on A4r/v blank in the Bede); Jean Baron de Launay (bookplate on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. These elaborate festivities celebrated the entry of Emperor Charles VI's son PHILIP II, who governed Spain in his father's absence. Heavy rains largely spoiled the events of the day, which had required the efforts of more than 1,700 workmen. Editions in Latin, French and Flemish were all published in 1550, by the same printer and the woodcuts are idential in all three versions. Adams S-765; Berlin 2937; Landwehr Spenclid Ceremonies 23; Vinet 557.
[Bound after:] BEDE, The Venerable. Ecclesiasticae historiae gentis Anglorum libri quinque. Antwerp: Joannes Gravius, 1550. 2o. John de Grave's edition, which features a text much-improved from the editions of 1500 and earlier. This edition draws on manuscripts that include the Bedae Continuatio (known to survive in at least eight manuscripts), with Bede's epitaph and death date at end. This is the first edition of the Continuatio. Adams A-452.
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