NANCY 1608-1611 -- LA RUELLE, Claude de. [Funeral ceremonies and procession in 1608 for CHARLES III, duke of Lorraine; the entry into Nancy and the visit to the primate's church in 1610 of his successor, HENRI II; the extent of Nancy, capital of Lorraine, in 1611.] Latin text by Léonard Périn, with French translation. Nancy: Blaise André and Jacques Garnich (typographers), Herman de Loye (plate printer), for the organizer and author, La Ruelle, 1611.
Sheets of various sizes mounted on large album leaves (730 x 470 mm), 5 parts published together: Dix grandes Tables, contenantes les pourtraictz des ceremonies, honneurs et pompe funebres, faitz au Corps de feu Serenissime Prince Charles 3 du Nom. Large allegorical and pictorial title-plate (2 etchings joined), 10 large plates consisting of 2 prints each (mixed etching and engraving), pl. 9 four sheets, some with letterpress, 16 separate sheets of letterpress. (2 plates slightly cut into, text on 2 sheets cut close, some staining.) - Pourtraict du convoy fait en pompe funebre à Nancy Capitale de Lorraine, au transport du corps Ledit convoy figuré en 48. tables. One sheet of letterpress with instructions on the choice of joining the plates to form a continuous roll, of mounting them as a huge wall picture, of binding them in codex form or leaving them loose in sheets; 48 etchings joined in rows of three or two. (Stained in places, a few small tears and creases.) -- L'ordre tenu au marcher, parmy la ville de Nancy capitale de Loraine, à lentree en icelle du serenissime Prince Henry IIe du nom. 12 etchings for joining as a continuous frieze. (A few shaved, little staining.) -- Comme son Altesse de Lorraine Monseigneur le Duc Henry second du Nom, va a l'Eglise. 4 etchings for joining as a frieze.-- La Ville de Nancy Capitalle de Lorraine pourtraicte au vif comme elle est ceste annee 1611. 4 etchings joined to form a large bird's-eye plan (copperplate 710 x 900 mm). (Some creases and stains.) Loose in a cloth portfolio. Provenance: Baron Horace de Landau; Librairie Georges Heilbrun (sold to Gourary 1953).
COMPLETE SET OF THE GREATEST RARITY. Claude de La Ruelle was the producer both of the events and of the publication, co-ordinating his own conceptions with the work of JEAN DE LA HIÈRE (designer), FRÉDÉRIC BRENTEL AND MATTHÄUS MERIAN the elder (etchers/engravers), and the letterpress and plate printers. Berlin 3172s; Brunet IV, 795-6; Vinet 543; L.H. Wüthrich, Das Druckgraphische Werk von Matthaeus Merian D. AE. (Basel 1966) vol. I Blattfolgen no. 2.