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Chateau, limestone mine and Maastricht in poetry & views

HALMA, François.
Het kasteel van Aigermont, en d'omleggende landtstreeken in de heerlykheit van Nederkan, nevens de stadt Maastricht; in heldendicht afgeschetst.
Leeuwarden, François Halma, 1715. 4to. With title-page in red and black with an engraved printer's device and 3 engraved folding illustration plates. Modern half vellum.
€ 4,500
First and only edition of a Dutch poem in praise of Chateau Agimont or Neercanne on the Dutch-Belgian border near Maastricht, and in praise of other attractions in the vicinity, with as an appendix a Dutch translation of a Latin speech in praise of poetry. The double-page plates show the chateau and estate itself with elaborate gardens (and a ship sailing in the artificial lake!), a view of the city of Maastricht, and the great stone-vaulted interior of the St. Pietersberg mine south of Maastricht. The chateau is built stepped on the side of a hill (unique in the Netherlands) and it and the mine remain popular tourist attractions (the chateau houses a gourmet restaurant). The chateau and probably the other illustrations were drawn by Guillaume de Bruyn (1649-1719) in Brussels and engraved by Karrewyn. On its publication in 1715, Halma's book received an enthusiastic 19-page report in Boekzaal der geleerde wereld, which gave particular attention to the typography.
Two tears restored. Very good copy.
Nijhoff & V. Hattem 126; STCN (5 copies); cf. Haitsma Mulier & V. d. Lem 202.
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