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Descriptio pbvlicae gratvlationis, spectacvlorvm et lvdorvm, in aventv sereniss: Principis Ernesti Archidvcis Avstriae Dvcis Vrgvndiae

Jean Boch (Belgian, 1545–1608)
Peeter van der Borcht (Netherlandish, Mechelen ca. 1545–1608 Antwerp)
Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantíníana, 1595
Illustrated book
174 pp.; 15 x 10 1/4 in. (38 x 26 cm)
Credit Line:
Presented by Mrs. S. P. Avery
Accession Number:
239 B63 Q
Not on view
This lavishly illustrated volume describes the 1594 triumphal entry of Archduke Ernst of Austria into Belgium. The description was written by Jan Boch, the scholarly town clerk of Antwerp, and the images were engraved by Pieter van der Borcht. Van der Borcht is best known for his engraved depictions of boisterous peasant scenes, but he also had a career producing mythological scenes and recording historical events, as demonstrated here. This book was printed by Plantin Press, one of the great Dutch printing houses of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By the time the "Descriptio publicae gratulationis" was published, the firm was run by Christophe Plantin's widow, Jeanne Rivière, and his son-in-law and heir, Jan Moretus.

Illustrated: p. 113, "Schema Elephanti"

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