London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
OLEARIUS, Adam (1603-1671). Hochfürstliche ansehnliche Leichenbegängniss des ... Fürsten ... Herrn Friederichs, Erben zu Norwegen Hertzogen zu Schlesswig Holstein Welchen Gott der Herr den 10. August 1659 zu sich ... genommen. Der entseelte Leib aber den 31. Januarii 1661 in Thum zu Schlesswig ist versetzet worden. Schleswig: J. Holwein 1662. Oblong 2° (303 x 350mm). Engraved additional title, one portrait, and 142 plates (joined as 14 folding plates, and 37 joined as double-page plates, some folds of the plates reinforced, 5 plates with restorations to margins occasionally affecting the image.) Contemporary vellum (some light staining). Provenance: Dessau, Landesbibliothek (ink stamp on verso of engraved title showing through).
Friederich III of Holstein-Gottorp died in 1659 and this lavishly illustrated volume describes the funeral procession from Husum to Gottorp (part I) from Gottorp to Schleswig (part II) and through Schleswig from the Town Square to the cathedrale (part III). The author mathematician, geographer and librarian Adam Olearius is best remembered for his travel account to Persia: The voyages and travels of the ambassadors from the Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia published in the English translation in 1662. Some of the joined folding plates exceed 1200 mm. Lipperheide Sbf 3.
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