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Topographical and historical work on Gelderland

XIV. boeken van de Geldersse geschiedenissen. Van 't begin af vervolghd tot aen de afzweeringh des Konincx van Spanien; waer van 't eerste deel verhandeld de land-beschrijvingh.
Arnhem, Jacob van Biesen, 1654. Folio. With engraved title-page, large folding engraved map and 20 double-page maps and in the text 28 woodcut coats of arms, woodcut medals, and letterpress genealogical tables. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, rebacked with modern vellum, modern endpapers. [16], 116, [4], 596, [24] pp.
€ 2,500
First edition of the first complete history of Gelderland in Dutch, by Arend van Slichtenhorst (ca. 1615-1657), who studied at Leiden and became a lawyer in his native city Arnhem. The work was based upon, and partly a translation of Pontanus' Historiae Gelricae, but Slichtenhorst thoroughly revised, corrected and much enlarged the Latin original. Slichtenhorst starts with the topography and cities of the region, continuing with Gelderland during the reign of Julius Caesar up to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II. The large folding map, by no one less than Willem Jansz. Blaeu, gives an overview of the entire province, while four double-page maps render parts of the province in greater detail.
With presentation inscription dated 1823, and an owner's inscription dated 1694. Some words and sentences struck through, rending them unreadable. Tear on p. 1, repaired with tape, some of the folding plates reinforced with tape as well. Some waterstains throughout the text and some plates are heavily browned. Binding rebacked, as noted. Otherwise a good copy. Bodel Nijenhuis 582; Gouda Quint, Bibliogr. Gelderland, p. 8; Nijhoff & V. Hattum 281.
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