THE HAGUE 1691 -- [BIDLOO, Govert (1649-1713)]. Le Triomphe Royal, ou l'On voit dêscrits Les Arcs de Triomphe, Piramydes, Tablaux, & Devises au nombre de 65, erigez à la Haye, à l'Honneur de Guillaume III, Roy d'Angleterre, Ecosse, France, & Irlande. The Hague: Chez Barent Beek, .
8o (146 x 93 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 62 engraved plates (4 folding) (frontispiece and one folding plate with repaired tears). (Small hole on title.) Early 18th-century calf gilt (front joint weak, some minor rubbing). Provenance: Bibliothèque Deprins (bookplate); Hippolyte Destailleur (1822-1893), French architect (bookplate and mss note tipped-in).
WILLIAM III of Orange (1650-1702), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland entered The Hague on 5 February 1691 to spectacular celebration, decoration, and pomp. Numerous triumphal arches and pyramids were erected throughout the city, illuminations of the city's public buildings were designed, and a fireworks display was arranged for the evening of the King's arrival. The plates illustrate the arches, pyramids, emblems, and the the fireworks show, and several represent scenes of victory from the King's life, including sea battles, sieges, and treaties. Although the plates are unsigned, some have been attributed by Vinet to ADRIAAN SCHOONEBECK and ROMEYN DE HOOGHE, but 16 plates are by JAN LUYKEN; an English edition was published in London in 1692. Watanabe attributes the text to Bidloo, but all other bibliographers leave it anonymous. It is most likely that these descriptions of the plates were supplied by the print publisher, Barent Beek, himself. Berlin 2954 (Dutch edition); Landwehr Splendid Ceremonies 156; Vinet 750; Watanabe 2736.
CHEVALIER, Nicolas. Histoire de Guillaume III. Roy d'Angleterre, d'Ecosse, de France, er d'Irlande, Prince d'Orange, &c. Amsterdam, 1692. 2o. Engraved title-pages, plates, and vignettes by ROMEYN DE HOOGHE. Contemporary vellum. (2)