12 June 2009
ANTWERP 1594 -- BOCHIUS, Joannes (1555-1609). Descriptio publicae gratulationis, spectaculorum et ludorum in adventu... Ernesti Archiducis Austriae... cui est praefixa de Belgii principatu a Romano in ea provincia imperio ad nostra usqua tempora brevis narratio. Antwerp: Plantin, 1595.
2o (378 x 250 mm). Two engraved titles and 33 full-page plates (4 double-page) by PIETER VAN DER BORCHT after drawings by CORNELIS FLORIS II and JOOS DE MOMPER, after the designs of MARTIN DE VOS, two pages of musical printing. (Lower blank corner of K3 renewed.) Contemporary Dutch flexible vellum, gilt-armorial arms on front cover, initials F W in stamp on back cover (front endpapers renewed, some light soiling).
ERNEST (1553-1595), Archduke of Austria, became Governor of the Catholic provinces in the Low Countries after the death of the Prince of Parma in 1592. This work celebrates his visit to Antwerp in June-July 1594. The Archduke's fame was glorious, though brief: he died in Brussels in February 1595, and a funeral oration closes this work. Adams B-2208; Berlin 2944; Hollstein III:102, 397-431; Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 50.
[Bound with:] LOW COUNTRIES 1601 -- BOCHIUS. Historica narratio profectionis et Inaugurationis Serenissimorum Belgii Principum Alberti et Isabellae, Austriae Archiducum. Antwerp: Plantin Press, 1602.
2o. Four engraved titles and 32 full-page engravings (15 double-page) by PIETER VAN DER BORCHT, two pages of musical printing. (k1 partly split along central fold. N1 with small burn hole within image, LL4 with lower corner renewed.)
Bochius celebrates the entry of ISABELLA CLARA EUGENIA of Spain (1566-1633) and her husband ALBERT VII (1559-1621), Archduke of Austria (as Governor of the Provinces), into Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Valenciennes. Pieter van der Borcht was a pupil of Brueghel. Cicognara 1408; Hollstein III:102, 432-462; Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 62; Lipperheide 2657; Vinet 621.
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