12 June 2009
COPENHAGEN 1703 -- MASIUS, Hector Gottfried (1653-1709). Traur-rede Welche Bey des Hochgebohrnen Herrn, Herrn Christian Güldenleu... Leichbegängnis, bey hoher Versamlung, auch königlicher allergnädigster Gegenwart, Anno 1703. den 6. Sept. gehalten worden. Copenhagen: Joachim Schmitgen, 1709.
2o (375 x 230 mm). Engraved folding frontispiece and 6 large engraved folding plates (some tears and repairs, plates trimmed closly). Modern vellum.
A beautiful example of Danish book production and illustration of the baroque period. It is considered one of the most magnificent of all funeral books published during this period and represents the chef-d'ouvre of Joachim Schmitgen, the outstanding Copenhagen printer. The somber occassion was the funeral of CHRISTIAN GYLDENLOEW Count de Samsoe (1671-1703) the son illegitimate son of King Christian V of Denmark. The engraved plates include: folding frontispiece and 6 large folding engravings, lettered A-F, by ANDREAS REINHARDT after GOTTFRID FUCHS. The frontispiece was additionally drawn by J.S. EBERT some of the plates bear dates, which range from 1704 to 1707. The frontispiece and plate C incorporate a portrait of Gyldenlöve. Plate A shows the casket being taken off an illuminated ship at night, Plate B, the procession through Copenhagen (4 joined sheets 1850 mm), Plate C shows the laying in-state, Plate D (3 joined sheets 1470 mm) shows the funeral ceremony with the catafalque. Plate E (3 joined sheets 1600 mm), shows the procession leaving the church with the casket, Plate F shows the casket. Nielsen Bibliotheca Wegeneriana 2189; Den Danske Bok pp.87 and 116.
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