PHEASANT ISLAND 1660 -- CASTILLO, Leonardo del. Viage del Rey Nuestro Señor Don Felipe Quarto el Grande, a la frontera de Francia. Functiones Reales del Desposorio, y entregas de la Serenissima Señora Infante de España Doña Maria Teresa de Austria. Madrid: Imprenta Real, 1667.
4o (210 x 145 mm). Additional engraved title-page and 7 engraved plates (one folding) by PEDRO DE VILLAFRANCA (several plates mounted, folding plate linen-backed, engraved plate of Jean Louis de la Vallette laid in). (Repairs along top margins of a few leaves, X2, X3, Z2, and Z3 inlaid and possibly supplied from another copy.) 19th- morocco, coat-of-arms of William Stirling-Maxwell stamped in blind on covers (some fading around edges, wear along joints). Provenance: William Stirling-Maxwell (bookplate, binding).
In 1660 PHILIP IV (1605-16650, King of Spain, and several members of his court journeyed to France as chaperone to his daughter Maria-Theresa, Infanta of Spain. While the Peace of the Pyrenees had been signed in 1659 by King Philip and Louis XIV, King of France, in order to secure a more concrete and lasting peace between the two nations, Philip agreed to the marriage of his daughter to the King of France. Castillo describes Philip and Maria-Theresa's journey, including several stops in Spain, a stop in Burgos where the Infanta and King Louis were married by proxy, and then the trip to Pheasant Island where Louis and his court met his new bride before continuing on to Saint-Jean-de-Luz where the French marriage occurred. The large folding plate illustrates several of the towns and scenes encountered along the journey. Palau III, 48145; Watanabe 1844.