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The entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain as Governor in Ghent - Becanus, Guiliemus.
Becanus, Guiliemus Serenissimi Principis Ferdinani Hispaniarvm Infantis Cardinalis Trivmphalis Introitus In Flandriæ Metropolim Gandavvm / Avctore Gvilelmo Becano. Antwerpen, Johanns Meursius, 1636. 40 (von 42) gestochenen Tafeln, drei davon gefaltetet, Tafel 4 zu einem Drittel abgeschnitten. [4 nn Bll.] 68 Seiten. [2 nn Bll.] Elephanten-Folio ( 48x38 cm) Zeitgenössischer flexibler Pergamenteinband (gebrauchspurig). Antwerpen, Johanns Meursius, 1636. 40 (von 42) gestochenen Tafeln, drei davon gefaltetet, Tafel 4 zu einem Drittel abgeschnitten. [4 nn Bll.] 68 Seiten. [2 nn Bll.] Elephanten-Folio ( 48x38 cm) Zeitgenössischer flexibler Pergamenteinband (gebrauchspurig).
dBS I, 1089, 3 - Palau 26.195 - Landwehr, Ceremonies 96 - Lipperheide Sd 19 - Ornamentstichkat. Bln. 2948 (inkomplett) - Vinet 626 - Lotz 104. - Prächtiges Werk über den Einzug des Kardinalinfanten Ferdinand in Gent, die Tafeln mit Porträts, Ehrenpforten, Wasserfest, Feuerwerk, allegorischen und geschichtlichen Szenen, Schlacht bei Nördlingen u.a. - Es fehlen die Tafeln 13 u. 32 sowie der rechte Teil von Tafel 4. - Tlw. gebräunt u. fleckig, Randläsuren, tlw. knitterfaltig. Engl D.: BECANUS, Guilielmus (fl. 1630s). Serenissimi principis Ferdinandi Hispaniarum Infantis S..E. cardinals introitus in Flandriae metropolim gandavum. Antwerp: Johannes Meursius,1636. Broadsheets (531 394 mm). 40 of 42 numbered engraved plates (3 folding), including frontispiece dated 1636 by Pieter de Jode, and portraits of Philip I and Ferdinand; engraved printer's device by Cornels Galle after Peter Paul Rubens on title (plate 36 shaved along right side). (Title with upper margin excised and edges slightly frayed.) Contemporary Netherlandish vellum
FIRST EDITION. Becanus' work celebrates the entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Spain (1609-1641) as Governor in Ghent on January 18th, 1635 and as victor of the battle of Nördlingen, where the Catholic Imperial army won a great victory over the combined Protestant armies of Sweden and their German allies. The engraved plates show the entry processions with views of Ghent, scenes from a theatrical performance, allegorical floats, fireworks, and triumphal arches. A large folding bird's-eye view illustrates the battle of Nördlingen. "The decorations for this event, although less famous than those designed by Rubens for Ferdinand's Entry into Antwerp several months later, also celebrated the Prince's personal history, his ancestry, and military prowess"(Festivities: Ceremonies and Celebrations in Western Europe 1500-1790, Brown University, March 1979, number 38.) ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES. Brunet 1:728; Landwehr 96; Lotz p. 104; Vinet 626.
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