12 June 2009
PRAGUE 1716 -- Beschreibung einer... Freudens-Bezeigung welche wegen Hoher Geburth... des Ertz-Hertzogens von Oesterreich... Leopoldi... Die In Prag wohnende Judenschafft in grossen Jubel den 18 May dieses 1716 Jahres mit Anstellung eines schön und kostbahren Auffzugs und Auffrichtung einer herlichen Ehren-Pforten gehalten, Auch mit einer durch drey Tage taurenden Illumination, und Luft-Flammen in... Frohlockung continuiret. Prague: Johann Wentzel Helm, 1716.
2o (298 x 189 mm). 3 engraved folding plates after J.G. HARTMANN by J. HILER. (Some light browing and staining, small repairs to blank margins of title and last leaf). Modern boards.
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF PRAGUE CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF LEOPOLD (13 April 1716-4. November 1716) son of Emperor Karl VI and Elisabeth Christina von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, and older brother of Maria Theresa. The celebration, starting on May 18, 1716, was held on the main street in the Prague ghetto which was paved and cleared of vendors, booths for the occasion. The lengthy procession passed through an arch of honor after which there was feasting and three days of fireworks. The arch provided a practical as well as ceremonial function as it apparently contained fountains that dispensed wine. The plates by J.G. Hartmann by J. Hiler show a triumphal arch, and a procession of 38 dignities and local representatives all described in great detail in the text. The work is a valuable source for the history and the customs in the Jewish community of Prague at that time. EXTREMELY RARE. Otto Muneles Bibliographical Survey of Jewish Prague, The Jewish State Museum of Prague, Prague, 1952, pp.66-67, nr. 232, illustrated; Milada Vilimková The Prague Ghetto, Prague, 1993, print no.23 illustrated on page 47.
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