Title: Histoire de Guillaume III. Roy d’Angleterre,...
Publisher: [n.p., Chez Pierre Brunel?], Amsterdam
Publication Date: 1692
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition in French.
, 232 pp. Title in red and black with etched royal cypher. 120 copper engraved commemorative medals by Adriaen Schoonebeeck. Added engraved title page signed by Romeyn de Hooghe dated 1691. 12 full-page etchings signed by de Hooghe that depict festival constructions for William’s entry into The Hague in 1691, and also portraits of William and Mary among other emblems. Engraved headpiece and initial decoration on dedication leaf signed by Schoonebeck, followed by full-page engraved leaf honoring Chevalier with depictions of Atlas, Aristotle and other muses. Full contemporary vellum blind-stamped with central lozenge design; (very slight foxing or staining, engravings fresh; covers slightly bowed). Initialled bookplate P.M.G to front pastedown. First Edition, in French of this biography of William III of England, extensively illustrated to show important events in the monarch’s life. This work was privately printed for Nicolas Chevalier who was a hobbyist and coin collector. A large proportion of Dutch print-making at the end of the 17th century focused on William III. An almost categorical personality cult surrounded the "stadtholder-king." Among the print-makers, Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) was an important and prolific late Dutch Baroque engraver and caricaturist. He is best known for his political caricatures of Louis XIV and propagandistic prints supporting William of Orange. De Hooghe’s 12 etchings of triumphal arches for this work are adaptations of plates in the works by Bidloo and Tronchin de Breuil (published in 1691 and 1692). Adriaen Schoonebeek (c. 1657- 1705) is often mentioned because of his appearance as witness for the prosecution in a court case against de Hooghe that formed the climax of a slanderous exchange of pamphets between Orangists and members of the Amsterdam faction in 1690. These animosities did not prevent re- employment of both engravers in executing plates for this Nicolas Chevalier’s 1692 illustrated volume on numismatics and the life of King William. Rare. Worldcat locates only 3 copies in institutional collections in North America. Brunet I,1838; Graesse II, 25; Landwehr, 81. Bookseller Inventory # D4272
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