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First and only edition of Bor's description of the city of 's-Hertogenbosch,
including a detailed account of its siege and capture in 1629

BOR, Pieter Christiaenszoon.
Gelegentheyt van 's Hertogen-Bosch vierde hooft-stadt van Brabandt. Haer oorspronck, fundatie ende vergrootinge, verscheyden hare belegeringen. Ende eyntlijcke overwinninge verrassinghe ende inneminghe van Wesel ende meer andere geschiedenissen des iaers 1629.
The Hague, Aert Meuris, 1630. 4to. With an engraved title-page, which is part of the collation (page (a)2 recto) and a few decorated initials. Contemporary vellum. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], [27], [1 blank], 412, [3], [1 blank] pp.
€ 850
First and only edition of this early 17th-century detailed description of the city 's-Hertogenbosch in the duchy of Brabant by the famous Dutch historian Pieter Christiaenszoon Bor (1559-1635). Bor was a notary in Haarlem, but he dedicated his life to compiling primary sources, doing historical research, and writing the very detailed, precise and reliable history of the Dutch Revolt. That major historical work was Bor's magnum opus, which was first published in 1595 under the following title: Oorspronck, begin ende aenvang der Nederlantscher oorlogen [...] but he kept on revising and expanding the work. Apart from his magnum opus and the present work on 's-Hertogenbosch, Bor wrote one other work on the "origins of the Dutch wars": the cause and first few years from 1555-1567 of the Eighty Years' War (or Dutch War of Independence, 1555-1648).
Binding is very slightly soiled, slight foxing and browning throughout, small part of the outer corner at the foot of leaf 2I3 is missing without affecting the text, a tear in the corner of the foot of leaf 3C1, slightly affecting the text without loss, lacking gathering *** (a separate dedication to the city officials (burgermeesteren) of Amsterdam, as often lacking in other copies), with a small tear in the top of the last (blank) flyleaf. Bodel Nijenhuis, Topgrafische lijst der plaatsbeschrijvingen, 430; Nijhoff & Van Hattum, 40. cf. NNBW 6, cols. 160-163.
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