12 June 2009
DARMSTADT 1626 -- Ehren Gedechtnus Dess Durchleuchtigen Hochgebornen Fürsten unnd Herren Herrn Ludwigen Landgraven zu Hessen Graven zu Catzenelnbogen Dietz Zigenhain und Nidda. Marburg: Nicolaus Hampel, 1626.
2o (300 x 195 mm). Engraved title and 42 engraved plates including 11 double-page on 27 leaves. Contemporary vellum, edges black (splitting to upper joint, some light staining).
Commemorating the death and funeral of LUDWIG V (1577-1626), Landgrave of Hessen-Darmstadt. Ludwig was, according to the genealogical tree, a direct decendent of Carl the Great and the Braband family. Berlin 3100; BMC/STC 17th-century German E-112; Vinet 729. Not in Lipperheide.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately