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Only edition of a Dutch political emblem book on the campaign of Gustavus Adolphus

HULSIUS, Bartholomaeus.
Den onderganck des Roomschen arents, door den Noordschen leeuw.
Amsterdam, for Crispijn van de Passe the Younger, 1642. Small 4to (18.5 x 15 cm). With engraved title-page, letterpress title-page with engraved device with coat of arms of Gustavus Adolphus, and 29 engraved plates in text (ca. 7 x 11 cm) by Crispyn de Passe the Younger. 19th-century mottled brown calf, gold-tooled spine (imitation 17th-century binding).
€ 7,500
Only early edition of a Dutch political emblem book on the campaign of Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and his many victories during the Thirty Year's War, resulting in the triumph of Protestantism over Catholicism in Sweden. Written by the Counter-Remonstrant preacher Bartholomaeus Hulsius before 1635 and posthumously published by Crispijn van de Passe the Younger in 1642, ten years after the death of Gustavus Adolphus "the Lion of the North".
All the victories of Sweden are described in detail, including several events occurring after the death of Hulsius probably written by Crispijn van de Passe himself, and contain mostly allegorical and some historical illustrations by Crispijn vande Passe the Younger. Leaves cut slightly short, with some loss of text on title-page, some strengthened margins, repaired tears and worm holes, and occasionally stained. Good copy.
Hollstein XVI, p. 146; Landwehr, Emblem Books Low Countries 360; STCN (6 copies, incl. 2 incomplete).
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