12 June 2009
GHENT 1635 -- BECANUS, Guilielmus. Serenissimi principis Ferdinandi Gispaniarum Infantis S.R.E. cardinalis introitus in Flandriae metropolim gandavum. Antwerp: Johannes Meursius, 1636.
Broadsheets (530 x 385 mm). 42 numbered engraved plates (3 folding), including frontispiece dated 1636 by PIETER DE JODE, and portraits of Philip IV and Ferdinand, engraved printer's device by CORNELIS GALLE after PETER PAUL RUBENS on title. (A few short tears to plates, some light staining, blank lower margin of Hh replaced). Contemporary vellum gilt with central arms of Ghent (repaired, endpapers renewed).
The work celebrates the entry of Cardinal-Infante FERDINAND OF SPAIN (1609-1641) as Governor in Ghent on January 18th, 1635 and as victor of the battle of Nördlingen, were the Catholic Imperial army, won a great victory over the combined Protestant armies of Sweden and their German allies. (See lot 18 for his entry in Antwerp in the same year). The engraved plates show the entry processions with views of Ghent, scenes from a theatrical performance, allegorical floats, fireworks, and triumphal arches. A large folding bird's-eye view illustrates the battle of Nördlingen. "The decorations for this event, although less famous than those designed by Rubens for Ferdinand's Entry into Antwerp several months later, also celebrated the Prince's personal history, his ancestry, and military prowess"(Festivities: Ceremonies and Celebrations in Western Europe 1500-1790 Brown University number 38.) ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES. Brunet I:728; Landwehr 96; Lotz p.104; Vinet 626.
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