12 June 2009
LOW COUNTRIES 1549 -- CALVETE DE ESTRELLA, Juan Christobal. El felicissimo viaie d'el muy alto y muy Poderoso Principe Don Phelippe, Hijo d'el Emperador Don Carlos Quinto Maximo, desde España à sus tierras dela baxa Alemeña: con la descripcion de todos los Estados de Brabante y Flandes. Antwerp: Martin Nucio, 1552.
4o (286 x 198 mm). One full-page woodcut. (Some pale marginal dampstaining at beginning.) Contemporary orange-stained limp vellum. Provenance: Vienna, palace library (duplicate stamp on title verso).
An account of the progress of ARCHDUKE PHILIP (1527-1598), later PHILIP II, King of Spain, through the Netherlands. He had just been appointed Governor General, in 1548, and he travelled via Milan, Innsbruck, Munich, Heidelberg, to Belgium and Holland and visited nearly every town of importance. He was received with festivals and triumphal decorations in almost every place. The author mentions many interesting details, like the monument erected in honor of Erasmus in Rotterdam. The woodcut shows the triumphal arch erected in Ghent for his entry. Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 14; Palau 40491; Ruggieri 913; Salva 3758.
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