12 June 2009
THE HAGUE 1660 -- [LOWER, William (ca 1600-1662)]. Relation en forme de journal du voyage et sejour que Le Serenissime et Tres-Puissant Prince Charles II Roy de la Grand' Bretagne, &c. à fait en Hollande, depuis le 25 May, jusques au 2 Juin 1660. The Hague: Adrian Vlacq, 1660.
2o (408 x 249 mm). Engraved coat-of-arms on title, one folding engraved portrait of Charles II by CORNELIUS VAN DALEN and 6 double-page plates by DAVID and PETER PHILLIPPE and THEODOR MATHAM after JACOB TOORENVLIET and ADRIAEN VAN DE VENNNE (two with short marginal tears). (Some minor marginal spotting.) Contemporary Dutch vellum, later(?) cloth ties (one lacking).
An account of the journey through the Low Countries undertaken by CHARLES II, King of England, immediately prior to his restoration. The text was compiled by William Lower, dramatist and translator, who during the interregnum had lived at the Hague in the household of the Princess Royal. Dutch and English editions also appeared in the same year. The scenes illustrated in the fine plates are as follows: Charles's arrival in Delft; his arrival at the Vijverberg in the Hague; a banquet in the Mauritshuis with his large family (including his young nephew who would later become William III); two showing the King giving addresses to the English and Dutch deputies; and his departure to England from Scheveningen. Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 125 (text misattributed to Abraham de Wicquefort); Lipperheide Sd24; Watanabe 2666; Vinet 747.
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