12 June 2009
LONDON 1689 -- [Beschrijving der Eepoorten, in 's Graavenhaage opgerecht tegen d'overkomst van William den III. Koning van Engeland, Schotland, Vrankryk en Ierland. Amsterdam: Carel Allard, 1691].
Oblong broadsheets (295 x 380). (Lacking title-page and without the 22 pp. accompanying text.) 20 large unnumbered engraved plates (one with 4 separate scenes) etched plates by HUGO ALLARD (4 signed), I. VANDEN AVELE (2 signed), and JAN LUYKEN(one signed)(one with 2-inch tear repaired, some minor marginal wear). Original marbled wrappers, old paper cover label; cloth folding case.
VERY RARE print series illustrating the history of the ascension to the throne of WILLIAM III (1650-1702) and MARY II (1662-1694). The series begins with the Seven Bishops being brought to the Tower of London with a view up the Thames, followed by the birth of the Prince of Wales on 10 June 1688, through the entrance of William and Mary into The Hague on 5 February 1691. The series contains several scenes devoted to the festivities surrounding their coronation in London on 11 April 1689.
This set of the engravings correspond to Landwehr, and appear to have been issued in its original binding without the text; the title-page may have been removed or was not included. Muller considered the 20 plates as a series although he had not seen a bound set with title and the text. Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 143; Muller 2692.
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