16 June 2015
[WICQUEFORT, Abraham van (c.1598-1682)] Advis fidelle aux veritables Hollandois. [The Hague: Steucker], 1673.
12° (134 x 73mm). Woodcut armillary sphere on title. (Tiny marginal holes to K3-4, occasional faint browning.) Contemporary Dutch vellum binding, 18th-century gilt arms to upper cover, lettered in gilt on lower cover 'Mr. Bonnier de la Mosson' within cartouche, lettered in ink manuscript on spine, yapp edges (extremities lightly rubbed and soiled). Provenance: Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie (1625-1709; ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper) -- Joseph Bonnier père (1676-1726; engraved armorial bookplate) -- Joseph Bonnier fils, baron de la Mosson (1702-1744; binding and bookplate).
THE MOST CELEBRATED PAMPHLET EVER PUBLISHED AGAINST THE BRUTALITY OF THE FRENCH TROOPS LED BY LOUIS XIV IN THE NETHERLANDS: THE PERSONAL COPY OF THE FOUNDER OF THE PARIS POLICE FORCE.
The book was published in two forms: 4°, with engravings by Romeyn de Hooghe, and 12°, so as to be more affordable and easier to distribute within Europe.
Copies with contemporary provenance are uncommon: this one belonged to Gabriel Nicolas de La Reynie, the first and most famous lieutenant de police of Paris, with his holograph signature on front free endpaper. It later belonged to the Bonniers, with the engraved armorial bookplate of the father, Joseph, and the arms of the son, Baron de La Mosson, later gilt on sides.
Soultrait 17th century 322.
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