LE PETIT, Jean-François. La grande chronique ancienne et moderne, de Hollande, Zélande, West-Frise, Utrecht, Frise, Overyssel & Groeningen, jusques à la fin de l’An 1600. Dordrecht, Jacob Canin « pour l’auteur », 1601.
2 parts in 2 volumes small folio [304 x 193 mm]: I/ (2) bl.ff., (11) ff. including the frontispiece, 650 pp., (1) l., 240 pp., (9) ff., (2) bl.ll. and 41 full-page plates; II/ (3) bl.ll., (8) ff. including the frontispiece, 779 pp., (8) ff., (3) bl.ll. and 17 full-page plates. Bound in 17th Century full calf, spine ribbed and richly gilt, mottled edges.
First edition, already described as « assez rare » by Brunet in 1860. Bibl. Belg. III 822-825 L-60 ; Briels pp. 223-224 ; Hollstein 648-684.
It is particularly sought-after for its interesting illustration.
This Chronicle of Holland is also sought-after in France because it’s a history of Protestantism from one part of this country.
The volume is illustrated with 60 full-page engravings engraved after Christoffel I van Sichem (1546-1624), that is to say 2 historiated frontispieces, 57 full-page portraits of the greatest figures of the Netherlands and 1 allegorical engraving.
Superb presentation copy offered by the author, with the handwritten mention on the title-page “donum auctoris”, of which the 60 engravings were brilliantly contemporary hand-coloured and enhanced with gold.
The copy is perfectly well preserved.
Provenance: ex libris Isaac Meulman.