12 June 2009
HAMBURG 1727 -- LEDIARD, Thomas. A particular description Of four curious Illuminations, (Together with all the Emblems, Inscriptions & Mottos, and two large Cuts of the same, finely grav'd,) As represented in a Musical Entertainment on the Stage of Hambro'... Being the Day appointed for Solemnizing the Coronation Of their most sacred Majesties, George, II. and Caroline, King & Queen of Great Britain. Hamburg: Philip Lewis Stromer, .
2o (351 x 224 mm). 2 engraved folding plates by CHRISTIAN FRITZSCH after LEDIARD. (Some pale browning.) Disbound; cloth folding case. Provenance: Sir Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969) English author (note on folding case).
Thomas Lediard was employed as a young man at the British embassy in Hamburg, but he was also involved in the management of the opera there. He also acted as master of ceremonies for a series of Baroque festivities held there from 1724 to 1728, including this coronation ceremony for GEORGE II and CAROLINE. In this capacity, he designed the pageantry, along with a series of illustrated plates, with accompanying text, which were engraved by Christian Fritzch. These fine designs were collected in a volume published in 1730 with German text, but this was preceded by at least two English-language descriptions of particular events (the other being a celebration of the English king's birthday). Neither English imprint is listed in the NUC. The two fine plates here show the stage settings, costumes, emblems and the explanatory text describes the illuminations in detail.
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