12 June 2009
METZ 1624 -- MOTET, Jean. Combat d'honneur concerte par les IIII elemens sur l'heureuse entrée de Madame la Duchesese de la Valette en la Ville de Metz. [Metz: Albert Fabert, 1624].
Small 2o (284 x 192 mm). Engraved title-page, 12 engraved plates (8 folding), and 10 large engravings in text (some occasional spotting, one plate with small paper flaw with slight loss to image, one plate with repaired tear). Mottled calf gilt, spine gilt, edges stained red (very minor rubbing, slight discoloration to covers); cloth folding case. Provenance: Louis Brun (bookplate, manuscript note on front flyleaf signed "Nobirulus"); Doctor Lucien Graux (bookplate).
In 1624, the city of Metz staged a great celebration on the occasion of the visit of GABRIELLE DE BOURBON (1603-1627), Duchess de la Valette, daughter of Henry IV, King of France and his favorite mistress, Catherine de Balzac. Her exalted status as both daughter of a King of France and the Duchess de la Valette resulted in much spectacle surrounding her visit. Motet describes the festivities and the decorations, and also includes the text of several sonnets and a pastoral written for the Duchess. The plates and illustrations in the text depict the numerous triumphal arches erected throughout the city, several floats designed for the events, a company of armed guards, the Duchess's elaborate procession, and a ceremony gifting her symbolic keys to Metz by a cortege of welcoming officials. Berlin 2993; Brunet II, 1147; Ruggieri 437; Vinet 783.
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