12 June 2009
MUNICH 1568 -- WAGNER, Hans. Kurtze doch gegründte beschreibung des Durchleuchtigen... Fürsten... Wilhalmen Pfaltzgraven bey Rhein Hertzogen inn Obern und Nidern Bairen Und derselben geliebsten Gemahel der... Fürstin... Renata gebornne Hertzogin zu Lottringen... gehalten Hochzeitlichen Ehren Fests... Auch welcher gestalt die darauff geladnen Potentaten und Fürsten Personlich oder durch ire abgesandte Potschafften erschinen. Und dann was für Herrliche Ritterspil zu Ross und Fuess mit Thurnieren Rennen und Stechen. Neben andern vil ehrlichen kurtzweilen mit grossen freuden Triumph und kostlichkait in der Fürstlichen Haubtstat München gehalten worden sein den zwenundzwaintzigisten und nachvolgende tag Februarii Im 1568 Jar. Munich: Adam Berg, 1568.
2o (392 x 284 mm). Fraktur type, title with woodcut coat-of-arms of Bavaria and Lorraine with contemporary hand-coloring, 15 engraved folding plates ALL COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND by NICOLAUS SOLIS mounted on linen (some tears and chipping repaired, some flaking of pigment, text with some staining and minor worming at end). 18th-century half sheep (some rubbing and light wear). Provenance: Prince Liechtenstein Library; H.P. Kraus; Lathrop Harper (sold to Gourary 1953).
AN ELABORATE COMMEMORATION OF THE WEDDING OF WILHELM V DUKE OF BAVARIA (1548-1626) AND RENÉE, DUCHESS OF LORRAINE (1544-1602), ONE OF THE MOST SUPTUOUS FESTIVALS OF THE 16TH-CENTURY, held in Munich in February 1568 celebrating the reception of the bride, the wedding ceremonies, dances, tournaments and public festivities held on the occasion. The excellent illustrations are by Nikolaus Solis (ca 1542-1584) who was descended from a family of artists and engravers, and his father was the artist and prolific printmaker and book-illustrator Virgil Solis the elder (1514-1562). The series of fifteen engraved plates by Solis depict the lively scenes of the festivities with stunning interior decorations, as well as the town squares and the surrounding buildings including the landmark "Frauenkirche" (Church of Our Lady) in Munich. They are considered Solis's most important series of engravings. The wedding left a long lasting impression in the history of Munich and is remembered every day at 11:00 am through the "Glockenspiel" in the tower of the Munich City Hall. Graesse VI:409; Lipperheide Sbc 2; Ruggieri 933; Vinet 705.
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