12 June 2009
MECHELEN 1775 -- Prael-Treyn verrykt door Ry-Benden, Prael-Wagens Sinne-Beelden en andere Oppronkingen toegeschikt aen het duyzend-jaerig Jubilé van den Heldmoedigen Martelaer, Bisschop... Apostel ende Patroon ... van Mechelen den heyligen Runoldus... Mechelin: Joannes-Franciscus van der Elst, 1775.
4o (275 x 226 mm). 14 engraved plates (11 folding) some by KLAUBER after G. HERREYNS and J. & L. SUETENS, one vignette (a few repaired tears, some folding plates with offsetting). (Some pale soiling to first few leaves.) 19th-century calf-backed boards.
A beautiful series of engravings showing all the floats and festival scenes as they were present in the festival parade celebrating the 1000 Year Jubilee of Saint Rumoldus. Saint Rumoldus (died ca 775) was an Anglo-Saxon monk who became a regionary bishop and worked under Saint Willebrord in Holland and Brabant. The day of his feast is traditionally June 24th. In 1775 at the occasion to mark the 1000th year of his day of death, the magistrate of the city ordered the production of this book. Each of the 16 plates shows a float or a particular part of it, with a note describing which guild or person financed the float. Berlin 3168; Drugulin 4966; Lipperheide Sl 19; Ruggieri 1116; Vinet 4966.
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