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Beautiful Large Paper Copies of Van Loon and Van Mieris

Price £12,000

Beautiful Large Paper Copies of Van Loon and Van Mieris

Complete in seven volumes, and all bound in beautifully elaborate contemporary Dutch bindings. Van Mieris, Frans. Histori der Nederlandsche Vorsten, Uit de Huizen van Beijere, Borgonje, en Oostenryk, Welken, federt de regeering van Albert, Graaf Van Holland, Tot den dood van, Keizer Karel Den Vyfden, Het hooggezag aldaar gevoerd bebben: Niet alleen nit de geloofwaardigste Schryveren en egtste bewysstukken dier tyden famengesteld, maar ook met dan Duizend Historipenningen Gesterkt en opgehelderd. Complete in three volumes. Eerste, Tweede & Derde Deel, The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1732, 1733 and 1735. First and only edition. Large folio (370 x 530mm), pp; (36), 466, (108); (8), 484, (56); (4), 446, (58) pages. Beautifully engraved allegorical frontispiece and portrait of the author, title pages printed in red and black all with engraved vignettes, engraved dedication (in first volume), elaborately engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initial letters, folding tables, engraved illustrations of medals throughout. With; Van Loon, Gerard. Beschryving Der Nederlandsche Historipenningen: Of beknopt Verhaal van’t gene federt de Overdracht der Heerschappye van Keyzer Karel Den Vyfden op Koning Philips Zynen Zoon, Tot het fluyten van den Uytrechtschien Vreede, In de Zeventien Nederlandsche Gewesten is Voorgevallen. Complete in 4 parts. Erste, Tweede, Derde & Vierde Deel. First edition. The Hague, Christian Van Lom, Isaac Vaillant, Pieter Gosse, Rutgert Alberts, en Pieter de Hondt, 1723, 1726, 1728 and 1731. Large folio, (380 x 540mm), pp. (44), 574, (48); (6), 562, (36); (16), 556, (38); (4), 697, (1), (36) pages. Finely engraved frontispiece by P. Goeree after B. Bernarts, title page in red and black, engraved dedication page also by Goeree in the first two volumes. Engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initial letters, illustrated throughout with numerous finely engraved illustrations of medals. All seven volumes extravagantly bound in matching contemporary tan speckled calf in three panels, surrounded by ornate gilt fillets with flourishes at edges. Elaborate gilt embossed cartouche with lion rampant in centre on both front and back boards. Gilt decoration on all edges. Spines elaborately gilt in nine compartments with gilt lettering to the second and third. Some wear to the bindings as is usual for books of this age and size with scratches and chipping to some of the boards, the tops and bottoms of spines damaged with some later repairs. Some marks and browning to the prelims of both titles, otherwise contents remarkably clean and bright and virtually as issued. All volumes with the engraved armorial ex-libris of the renowned Van Kinschott family on the front pastedown. A magnificent set of books both in terms of size and content, the pair forming what is still the standard reference to Dutch medals almost 300 years after their publication. Medals issued up until 1555 are covered by Van Mieris and those from 1556 to 1716 by Van Loon. Both titles are scarce but the exceptionally large format of both of these works suggests that they are one of a very small number of presentation copies perhaps given to the family directly. Two classic works, still essential for anyone studying the medals of the Low Countries. Exceptionally rare in this format, in magnificent contemporary bindings and with an illustrious provenance. Clain-Stefanelli 14855* and 14862*; Grierson p265; Lipsius p235 & 261