DECKER, Paul, the Elder (1677-1713), and other artists. Repraesentatio Belli, ob successionem in Regno Hispanico ... Der Spanische Successions-Krieg. Augsburg: Jeremias Wolff, [c. 1720].
Broadsheet (574 x 425mm). Engraved title in Latin and German, one letterpress leaf in Italian printed in double column, 56 engraved plates, the majority by P.A. Corvinus, others by M. Engelbrecht, J.A. Friderich, J.J. Kleinschmid, J. à Montalegre, J.B. Probst, C. Rembshart, G.H. Schilfflen, and G. Stein after Paul Decker the Elder, Paul Decker the Younger, Abraham Drentwett, and G.P. Rugendas. (A little light marginal spotting and browning.) Contemporary calf, red speckled edges (rebacked). Provenance: Earl of Rochford, Nassau (armorial bookplate).
A fine copy of this highly decorative series celebrating the victories of Austria, the German states, Great Britain, Holland, Denmark and Portugal, in the War of the Spanish Succession, 1700-1713. The final two plates depict the triumphal coronation of Charles VI and the signing of the treaty of Rasdtatt at Baden, but the central event of most plates is a land or sea battle or siege, surrounded by a wide rococo or architectural border, incorporating a panel with explanatory text in Italian, and usually a cartouche with a map or plan of the area shown. Both the introduction and plate list, in Italian, are on a single letterpress leaf. The Berlin Kat. only records the issue with 2 letterpress leaves in German, and the engraved explanatory text in German. Berlin Kat. 103; Brunet II, 557.