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Description of the first panorama erected in Brussels

Description de la bataille glorieuse de Waterloo, exposé au panorama, place St. Michel à Bruxelles.Including:- État et répartition de l'armée co-allié, commandée en chef par Mgr. Le Duc de Wellington; au 18 juin 1815.Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1818. 8vo. With a folding engraved and letterpress plate of the panorama. Original publisher's wrappers.
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Rare, first and only edition of the French translation of a description of the panorama showing the Battle of Waterloo - previously published in Dutch - which was erected on the Place Saint-Michel (now Place des Martyrs) in Brussels, apparently the first panorama shown in Brussels. Painted for a Dutch audience (at that time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands included modern Belgium and Luxemburg), the panorama depicted the moment during the battle in which the Prince of Orange, the future King Willem II of the Netherlands (crown prince when the panorama was on display), was wounded in the shoulder. The engraving shows the entire panorama and provides a key to the numerous notable participants and events. The booklet describes the battle in particular as related to the panorama and gives the order of battle for the Anglo-Dutch Army.The panorama, an initiative of the Amsterdam printer and bookseller Evert Maaskamp (1769-1834), was painted by Jan Kamphuysen, (1771-1829), Cornelis de Kruijf (1774-1828), Carel Lodewijk Hansen (1765-1840) and Louis Moritz (1773-1850). It was first erected in Amsterdam, where it was open to visitors from 1816 to 1818. In 1818 the panorama travelled to The Hague and Aachen, with Brussels being its final stop. The kings of the Netherlands and Prussia and the emperors of Austria and Russia visited it, as did the Duke of Wellington and several other commanding officers.Binding somewhat worn and with a few spots; title-page with a few water stains and some spots throughout; a good copy.
Koolhaas-Grosveld, De ontdekking van de Nederlander, pp. 299-301; NCC (2 copies), UniCat (1 copy); Putter, Monorama, pp. 77-90; Sloos, Onze Slag bij Waterloo, pp. 125-128 & 227-237; WorldCat (2 other copies).
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