12 June 2009
BERLIN 1688 -- COCHIUS, Christianus (1632-1699). Davids Des Königs in Israel Heilige Fürbereitung zum Tode... Des... Herrn Friderich Wilhelmen Marggraffen zu Brandenburg... Churfürsten in Preussen... am 29. April dieses 1688sten Jahres auf Dero Churfürstl. Schloss Potstamb... diese Welt gesegnet... und den 12. Septemb. Dero Churfürstl. Cörper im hohen und herrlichen Gefolge zu Dero Ruhe-Kammer und Churfürstlicher Grufft begleitet worden. Berlin: Ulrich Liebpert, 1688.
Large 2o (460 x 308 mm). Double-page engraved frontispiece after CONSTANTIN FRIEDRICH BLESENDORFF, large engraved folding portrait, two large engraved folding plates of a view of the procession through an arch of triumph in Berlin after C.F. Blesendorff, 85 engraved double-page plates COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND of the funeral procession, an engraved double-page hand-colored plate of the lying-in-state, 3 hand-colored plates (one double-page) of the coffin (one plate with clean tear repaired, a few plates slightly shorter). Modern moroco gilt. Provenance: Ludwig Rudolf, Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1671-1735, bookplate "Ex Bibliotheca Ducis Brunsvicensis et Luneburgensis" around crowned 'LR' monogram and duplicate stamp on verso of preliminary blank).
Many plates including the lying-in-state, the catafalque and tombs HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD
This splendid large volume commemorates the funeral procession of FRIEDRICH WILHELM (1620-1688), Elector of Brandenburg and the Duke of Prussia, who was popularly known as the "Grosse Kurfürst" (Great Elector) because of his military and political skill. The magnificent illustrations start with the depiction of a triumphal arch set up in Berlin's Brüderstrasse, and culminate in the series of 85 double-page panoramic plates colored by a contemporary hand of the funeral procession depicting the separate groups of mourners, each with their names and ranks given in the letterpress captions beneath. Berlin 3119; Drugulin 3300; Lipperheide Sbb6; Ruggieri 975; Vinet 698.
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