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.
Libretto of the entertainment “La Battaglia del Ponte” performed on the Arno River during celebration of the Feast of Saint James, on 25 July 1618. The designer of the festival machinery was Giulio Parigi, designer also of floats built for Ferdinando Saracinelli’s “Arrivo d’Amore in Toscana” enacted on the same feast day in 1615, and for Andrea Salvadori’s “Battaglia tra tessitori e tintori” performed in 1619 (those floats are documented in prints by Jacques Callot). Regrettably, no visual documentation survives of Parigi’s apparati for “La Battaglia del Ponte”.
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
A very large, unrecorded art poster of the American dancer Ruth (Emma Dennis) St. Denis (1877-1968), most probably created to publicise her “American Tour of East Indian Dances” (November 1909-April 1910), or else her “Coast-to-Coast Tour” (December 1910-May 1911). It is based on a photograph in a book designed by William Henry Bradley (1868-1962), The American stage of to-day: biographies and photographs of one hundred leading actors and actresses (New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1910), and possibly was commissioned from Bradley by the theatrical producer Charles Frohman, organiser of the dancer’s tours. Bradley, the foremost American poster designer of the Art Nouveau movement, had worked for Frohman in 1894 (”The Masqueraders”, New Empire Theatre, New York); further evidence of the artist’s work for the stage has yet to come to light.
Our poster was once in the collection of the choreographer Jack Cole, who in 1930 joined Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, and spent time learning and performing the repertory of the Denishawn troupe (Sotheby’s, Catalogue of the Jack Cole Collection of Books and Pictures on the Dance, Part II, London, 12 November 1979, lot 82). There was no example of the poster in the collection of memorabilia gifted by Ruth St. Denis to the Museum of Modern Art in 1940 (since transferred to the New York Public Library), or among the material sold by her to the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1966-1968.