24 November 2009
HOGENBERG, Nicolaus (c.1500-39). Gratae et laboribus aequae posteritati. Caesareas sanctique patris longo ordine turmas aspice. [?Antwerp: 1532.]
Broadside 2° (420 x 345mm). 40 engraved plates (c.360 x 300mm), and extra-illustrated with a large engraved portrait of Charles V as frontispiece, mounted in an album, foliated in an early hand. (Position of text plates 1 and 40 inverted as often, faint dampstain throughout, engravings with some marginal tears and small losses, some with small areas supplied in pen and ink, the title leaf with the imprint and part of the border cut away and replaced in pen and ink, repairs in some mounts.) Early, probably near contemporary vellum, spine lettered in manuscript (soiled, an early repair on the upper side, endpapers repaired). Provenance: Lamare (mid to late 18th-century armorial bookplate) -- late 18th-century armorial bookplate with count's crown and manuscript motto 'semper juncti' -- ?Picquot (signature in ink on front pastedown) -- early 20th-century bookplate with cipher ?'LR'.
THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED FêTE BOOKS EVER PRODUCED, this issue with the space above the plates showing engraved arms and captions in French within frames. Recording the triumphal procession of Charles V and Clement VII after the coronation at Bologna, 'this is undeniably one of the most interesting and splendid works representing public processions in the 16th century' (Vinet). The four Antwerp issues are generally considered first edition, while Hondius's very inferior 17th-century edition is thought of as the second. The present copy agrees with what Brunet described as the fourth issue. All Antwerp issues are rare, and were unseen even by Brunet who quoted from the Paelinck sale. ABPC records no copy of any issue at auction since 1983. Brunet III, 250; Lipperheide Si4; Mitchell, Italian Civic Pageantry in the High Renaissance, p.21 ('none of the early editions seen'); Vinet 553.
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