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Asher Rare Books
Tuurdijk 16
3997 MS 't Goy - Houten
The Netherlands


Julius W. Steiner


+31-30-6011955 +31-30-6011955



Beautifully illustrated commemoration of the triumphal entry of William III into the Hague
[BIDLOO, Govert and Romeyn de HOOGHE]. Komste van Zyne Majesteit Willem III. Koning van Groot Britanje, enz. in Holland; ofte omstandelyke beschryving van alles, het welke op des zelfs komste en geduurende Zyn verblyf, in 's Graavenhaage en elders, ten teeken van vreugde en eere, is opgerecht en voorgevallen. The Hague, Arnoud Leers, 1691. Folio. With an engraved title-page by Romeyn de Hooghe, a letterpress title-page with Leer's woodcut device, a portrait of King William by Van Gunst and 14 engraved plates (11 double-page) by Romeyn de Hooghe, showing the entree at the Hague, the ceremonies, the triumphal arches, their paintings and sculptures, the nightly illumination of the town hall, the fire-works, etc. Further with an extra added engraved plate of King William's tomb by Daniel Marot. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges.

First edition of a beautifully illustrated commemoration of the triumphal entry of William III into the Hague, it was "the costliest and most elaborate public display ever held on Dutch soil" (Nierop) and the first time of a triumphal entry since the rebellion against Spain. The two directors of the festivities were Govert Bidloo (1649-1713), personal physician to William, and Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708), one of the greatest artists to come out of the late Dutch Golden Age. The project served as De Hooghe's rehabilitation after he fell from grace the year before, when he got caught in a feud between William III and the city of Amsterdam. The Orangist leadership now thought that De Hooghe had suffered unjustly for their cause. He not only participated in the planning and design, but also made the splendid plates for the present commemorating volume. A slightly altered French edition followed a year later
From 1672 onwards, William governed as Stadtholder William III of Orange over most provinces of the Dutch Republic. In addition, from 1689 onwards, he reigned as King William III over England and Ireland, and as King William II over Scotland. After dealing with the last remnants of the rebellion in Ireland, William had finally time to return to Holland in 1691.
Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise in very good condition.
[12, incl. frontispiece], 127, [1 blank] pp. Berlin Kat. 2925; Besterman, Old art books 13; Landwehr, Romeyn de Hooghe 79; Landwehr, Splendid ceremonies 146; Muller, Historieplaten 2827; Nierop, The life of Romeyn de Hooghe (2018), pp. 364-372; Snoep, Praal en propaganda 91.

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