LOT 672

[Guicciardini in the Plantin edition] Description de touts les Pais-Bas,

autrement appellés La Germanie Inferieure ou basse Allemagne; par messire Lovis Guicciardin (...). Antwerp, C. Plantin, 1582, (22),495,(21) p., with the following engravings: frontispiece, title, two leaves with letterpress aphorisms inside profusely decorated borders, 12 double-page maps and 68 plans and views on 64 mostly double-page plates, contemporary gilt vellum, all edges gilt, folio.

Poor, (water)stained copy (bookblock and binding); first quire (both in letterpress and engraving, therefore counted in the collation) tender; lacks ties. Copy in the variant with the engraved portrait of king Philip of Spain and his engraved arms, which have been neatly contemporaneously pasted across the letterpress aphorisms and inside the profusely decorated borders of the plates at the beginning. Also with the plates in the numbered state. The first French Plantin edition of this famous description of the Netherlands.

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