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Rare book - Chronical by Jean-François le Petit.

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La Grande Chronique Ancienne et Moderne, de Hollande, Selande, West-Frise, Utrecht, Frise, Overyssel & Groeningen, jusques à la fin de l'An 1600. ... - Le Petit J.F. (1546-1614).

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Item Number:  13717
Category:  Books > History

Beautifully contemporary hand-coloured in full colour and gold.

Le Petit J.F. (1546-1614). La Grande Chronique Ancienne et Moderne, de Hollande, Selande, West-Frise, Utrecht, Frise, Overyssel & Groeningen, jusques à la fin de l'An 1600. Dordrecht: Jacob Canin (Second vol.: G. Guillemot), 1601. 2 vol, folio (305 x 190 mm), 2 engraved title-pages, engraved portrait of the author, 57 engraved text illustrations consisting of three-quarter page full-length portraits all engraved by Christoffel van Sichem, all illustrations beautifully hand-coloured in full colour and liquid gold. Eighteenth-century mottled calf, spines richly gilt.

Bibl.Belg., III, L60

A finely contemporary coloured copy of the chronicle and the genealogy of the counts of Holland and their families by the French historian and poet Jean-François Le Petit (1546-1614). The first volume is, in greater part, a translation of the Divisie-Kroniek by Cornelius Aurelius. This chronicle which goes from the beginning of the world to 1517 is continued by Le Petit in the second volume. He records the disorders and the wars which took place in the Netherlands from 1556 until the beginning of the seventeenth century. The two volumes are enriched by two title engravings of Christophe Van Sichem, one author's portrait and 57 portraits of various potentates including the counts of Holland, all engraved by Van Sichem, except for one woodcut portrait (I, 142).