A lavishly illustrated description of the triumphal entry into Brussels on 18 January 1578, of Archduke Matthias of Austria (1557-1616), brother of the Emperor Rudolph, to take his oaths as Governor-General of The Netherlands, and of festivities during the days following. Our copy was bound for Ferdinand Hoffmann, baron of Grünpühel and Strechau (1540-1607), whose library comprised at his death more than ten thousand volumes, the modern acquisitions ordinarily bound in green-stained vellum, as here.
Bound with Houwaert, Johan Baptista. Oratie der Ambassadeuren vanden doorluchtighen Prince Matthias Aertshertoge van Oostenrijcke… Verhaelt inden Rijckxdach gehouden tot Wormes, voor die Raetsheeren ghedeputeert by die Princen Electeurs, ende ander Ambassadeurs ende Ghecommitteerde van t'heylich Roomsche Rijcke… Rhetorijckelicke in ons Nederlantsche tale ouerghestelt, door Jean Baptista Houwaert. Antwerp, Christopher Plantin, 1578
Also in the volume is a verse translation by Houwaert of the famous speech delivered (in Latin) on 7 May 1578, by Philippe de Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde (1540-1598), before a delegation of the Diet (Reichstag) of Worms, a fruitless appeal to gain the German princes to the cause of the States-General against the Spanish. Of this work, only five other copies are known.
Bound with Schmelzer, Johann Heinrich (circa 1620/1623-1680). Arie per il balletto à cavallo, nella festa rappresentata per le gloriosissime nozze delle SS. CC. MM.tà di Leopoldo Primo, Imperatore Augustissimo, et di Margherita Infanta di Spagna. Vienna, Matthäus Cosmerovin, 1667
The “Presentazione della Chinea” was a secular homage to the Holy See organised each year on the vigil and feast of SS. Pietro e Paolo (28-29th June), by the Roman ambassador of the King of Naples. The ceremony originated in the thirteenth century, when Charles of Anjou accepted the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as a fief of the Church, and continued until 1788. The series of Chinea prints commences in 1722, when the ceremony was revived after a twenty-two-year hiatus engendered by the War of Spanish Succession, and elaborated by the performance of fireworks on successive evenings; it ends in 1786, two years before Ferdinand IV permanently suspended public payment of the tribute. Altogether, 106 prints were issued (no prints were issued in the years 1734-1737, 1768, 1777, 1779-1781, 1783-1784, 1786-1787, although the ceremony was conducted in each of these years except 1735-1737 and 1768).
Bound with [Anonymous]. Monumentum Mortis In Memoriam Vitae Et Viventis Post Funera Virtutis Amandi… Quando… Adalbertus Electus Episcopus & Abbas Fuldensis… Reverendissimo & Celsissimo Antecessori Suo In Ecclesia Cathedrali Ad S. Salvatorem Solemnibus Exequiis Parentavit. Eidemque Cum immenso fere Totius Fuldae Moerore In Catastrum Mortuorum Relato Hoc Castrum Doloris Ad perpetuam Virtutum & meritorum ipsius memoriam & gloriam Adornavit. Fulda, Johann Christoph Dempter, 1757
Bound with Weizell, Johann Georg. Ordentlicher Leich-Conduct Weyland Des Hochwürdigsten Fürsten und Herrn Herrn Amandi, Bischoffen und Abbten zu Fulda… Wie derselbe Den 10. Martii 1757. aus der Hochfürstl. Residentz In die hohe Dom-Kirchen gehalten worden, und was nach Absterben des höchst-seeligsten Fürstens auf der Fasanerie, und von dannen bis Fuld sich zugetragen. Fulda, Johann Christoph Dempter, 1757
The second work is an anonymous description of the castrum doloris erected in March 1757 in the crossing of the Domkirche, explicating its numerous emblems of mourning, transcribing lemmas and other inscriptions, with two large plates signed by the same printmaker, J.F. Pfeiffer of Fulda. The third work combines a “seating plan” of those present with the text of the “Lob- und Danck-Rede” delivered on 10 March 1757 by Chancellor Johann Weizell.