12 June 2009
GHENT 1717 -- Relation de l'Inauguration Solemnelle de Sa Sacrée Majesté Imperiale et Catholique, Charles VI. Empereur des Romains toujours Auguste, et Troisième du Nom Roy des Espagnes, comme Comte de Flandres, Celebrée à Gand Ville Capitale de la Province, le XVIII. Octobre 1717. Ghent: Augstin Graet, 1719.
2o (437 x 269 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 6 large folding plates by M. HEYLBROUCK, J.B. BERTERHAM and J. HARREWYN after JOAN B. VAN VOLXSOM, JACOB COLIN and C. EYKENS. 19th-century vellum over boards, gilt arms on sides. Provenance: Victor Massena, Prince d'Essling (1836-1910, arms on binding).
Magnificent fête book illustrating the Inauguration in Ghent of CHARLES VI (1685-1740), Holy Roman Emperor, as Count of Flanders in 1717. Charles VI was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary (as Károly III) from 1711 to 1740, Archduke of Austria. From 1703 to 1711 he was an active claimant to the throne of Spain as Charles III. The superb plates show the ceremony at the Cathedral of S. Bavon, a representation of the feu d'artifice, the celebration at the grand Theatre, the triumphal arc which was erected, four pyramids of fireworks, and the town hall with a night-time fireworks display. Berlin 2959; Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 198; Vinet 679; Watanabe 2730.
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