12 June 2009
DÜSSELDORF 1628 -- KAMP, Adolf von. Beschribung der Begrebnus Weilandt Des ... Herren Johan-Wilhelm hertzogen zu Gulich Cleve und Berg ... zu Düsseldorf den 30 Octobris ... 1628 Nach dem Ihre fürst. Gnade Leichnam bey de 20 Jahr Nach Dero ... Absterben in der Hoff Capellen Alda oben der Erden unbegraben gestanden. [N.p.]: 1628 [preface dated 28 July 1629].
Oblong 4o (303 x 386 mm). Etched allegorical title, 5 ll. letterpress, and 45 numbered etched plates by VON KAMP ( 3 folding). (A few marginal tears, some browing and staining.) 17th-century vellum (some staining and wear). Provenance: Duke of Arenberg's library at Nordkirchen (bookplate).
A FESTIVAL BOOK OF SOMBRE BEAUTY, recording the splendid and quite extraordinary funeral of JOHANN WILHELM, Duke of Cleves, whose death without heirs in 1609 led to political complications that embroiled most of Europe. As the title states, Johann Wilhelm was buried at Düsseldorf on 30 October, 1628, after his body had lain above ground and unburied in the court chapel of Alda for 20 years. The dedicatory epistle, addressed to Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of the Rhine, the eventual successor to the dukedom, states that a "substantial" procession of regional nobility, and lords and prelates spiritual and temporal, took the body from the "Hoffcapelle" or court chapel to the "Stiftkirche" or collegiate church; the engraver, Adolph von Kamp, is said to have undertaken his task out of affection for the late prince. A "short relation" of how the burial of the neglected coffin came about is then followed by an explanation of the plates. Berlin 3101.
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