BOCH, Jean Historica narratio profectionis et inaugurationis serenissimorum belgii Principum Alberti et Isabellae, Austriae Archiducum.


A masterpiece of baroque illustration

Two superb illustrated festival books, preserved in their contemporary binding in decorated vellum.

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Antwerp, plantin, J. Moretus, 1602.

[Bound with :] BOCH, Jean. Descriptio Publicae Gratulationis, spectaculorum et Ludorum, in adventu sereniss. Principis Ernesti Archiducis Austriae, Ducis Burgundiae […].
Antwerp, Plantin, 1595.

2 works bound in 1 volume folio [375 x 250 mm]; I/ 500 pp. and (12) pp. including the 4 engraved titles, the 15 double-page plates, the 13 full-page plates and the 2 pp. of engraved music; II/ 174 pp. and (1) l. including the 2 engraved titles, the 2 pp. of music, the 4 double-page plates and the 29 full-page plates. Marginal restoration to 3 ff. without loss of text (including the printer’s mark leaf).
Bound in overlapped vellum, blind-stamped fillets on covers, central medallion stamped on the upper cover with the mention “Paulus Bernhardus Noribergensis 1599”, spine decorated with blind-stamped fleurons and stars. Foot of spine restored. Contemporary binding.

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Two superb illustrated festival books bound together:

I/ First edition of one of the most beautiful festival books printed by at the Plantin Press. Published in an edition of only 775 copies, this festival book depicts the entrance of Albert of Austria and of his wife Isabella of Spain in the Netherlands. Ruggieri 1065 ; Landwehr 62 ; Vinet 621 ; Berlin cat. 2945 ; Cicognara 1408 ; Lipperheide Sd14.

The superb illustration comprises 4 engraved titles and 28 large plates by Pieter Van der Borcht (1545-1608), including 15 double-page engravings. They depict the sumptuous festivities organized on this occasion.

The first part of the work describes the festivities in Brussels, the second part, richly illustrated, relates the celebrations in Antwerp. Parts 3 and 4 deal with Ghent and Valenciennes.

II/ Rare first edition of one of the most beautiful baroque festival books. Ruggieri 1064 ; Landwehr 50 ; Vinet 620 ; Berlin cat. 2944.

It shows the triumphant entrance of the archduke Ernest of Austria into Antwerp in June and July 1594.

The 33 baroque engravings illustrating this work show the architectural compositions (triumphal arches …), the processions, the illuminations produced on the occasion. They were engraved by Pieter Van Der Borcht after drawings by Cornelis II Floris, Joos de Momper and Maartin de Vos.

This book is a masterpiece of baroque illustration.

Two superb illustrated festival books bound together in contemporary decorated vellum.

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