11 - 13 July 2000
STRADA, Famiano (1572-1649). De bello belgico decades duae. Frankfurt-am-Main: Johannes Beyer, 1651.
2 volumes in one, 4° (200 x 160mm). Engraved additional title incorporating 'Leo Belgicus' map, letterpress title with woodcut device, engraved portrait frontispiece of Strada, 20 folding etched and engraved plates and 25 engraved plates, one by Franciscus Brunn junior, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. (A little browned, last few quires with light marginal damp- and inkstaining, a few folding plates with unobtrusive short tears on folds.) Contemporary German brown goatskin gilt, sides with central supralibros of Johannes Franciscus Ecker von Kaepfing as Bishop of Freising, Bavaria on a semé of stars enclosed by 2 branched borders of floral and foliate tools, corner-pieces of cherubs, birds and other tools, within a border of double floral rolls, spine gilt with floral tools, gilt edges (lightly scuffed and chipped, a few unobtrusive wormholes, corners rubbed, lacking ties and free endpapers). Provenance: Johannes Franciscus Ecker von Kaepfing (binding); unidentified monastery of BVM, [?]Kalbing (title inscription).
Strada's account was first published in Rome in 1632-47. The majority of the folding plates depict battles, while the single-page plates bear portraits of the protagonists. Graesse VI, p.507.
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