J. van Heurn - Historie der Stad van 's Hertogenbosch - 1776
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J. van Heurn - Historie der Stad van 's Hertogenbosch - 1776€ 450,00
Utrecht: J. van Schoonhoven en Comp., 1776-1778.
4 volumes. 8vo. (2), xxxvi, 546, (1); (4), 546, (1); iv, 469, (1); iv, 338, 98 pp. Contemporary uniform marbled calf. Gilt spines. Illustrated with a frontispiece, an engraving in the text, and 2 engraved plates.
First edition of an 18th-century standard work on the history of 's-Hertogenbosch with a beautiful large foldout engraved plate 'Gezigt der Markt te 's-Hertogenbosch met het gevegt tusschen de Burgery, en het Schermers Gilde den 1 Juli 1579 voorgevallen'.
Johan Hendrik van Heurn [1716-1793], was a descendant from a reformed patrician family form the State of Brabant, who beside his official positions as (president) council member and member of the urban government, registrar of the Leen- en Tolkamer, elder and agent of the churches and chapels, was concerned with the history of Brabant and legal relations. He studied law in Utrecht and obtained his doctorate there in 1739.
His piece de resistance, 'Historie der Stad en Meyerye van 's-Hertogenbosch', is a very solid standard work, that relies on trustworthy sources, because based on research in archives, and still is a goldmine for current researchers.
The work consists of 20 books and was dedicated by the Orangist Van Heurn to Willem V.
Volume 1 contains the first five books of which the first gives a short description of old and new Brabant and the history until 1095. The second book is about the history until 1355, the third until 1430, the fourth until 1482 and the fifth until the abdication of Karel V.
The second volume contains the books 6 to 11. The sixth book is about the history from 1555 until 1579, when 's-Hertogenbosch reconciles with Philips II (here IV !) and the seventh runs from 1579 until the death of Philips in 1598. The next two books contain the period until and during the 'Twaalfjarig Bestand'; the tenth book is about the period 1621-1629, when 's-Hertogenbosch is recaptured from the Spanish and the eleventh book about the period from 1629 until the Vrede van Munster.
Volume 3 contains books 12-17, and describes the period from 1648 until 1729, in which the Peaces of Nijmegen, Rijswijk en Utrecht were ratified.
The fourth volume contains the last 3 books and describes the period 1729-1766, describing also the Peace of Aken in 1748. This last volume also contains 13 Bylaagen, belonging to all four volumes, containing also an interesting 'Memorie van buitengewoone onkosten ...in de jaren 1746, 1747 en 1748 uit voorzorg van een gevreesd beleg en continueele doormarschen van Troupes'.
About Van Heurn see: Van der Aa, VIII, 1, p. 731-732; NNBW, VIII, 760; Frederiks & vd Branden, Biogr. Woordenb. Nrd- en Zuidnederl. letterk. (Veen, 1888); Van Oudheusden e.a. Brabantse biografieen , part 3 (Boom, 1995)
With an allegorical frontispiece by Maurer en Fritschius, a half-page copper engraving by Everts with a portrait of the regent preceding the dedication tot Willem V. In volume 2 a copper engraving of Antony Schets, Baron van Grobbendonck, the Gouverneur of 's-Hertogenbosch from 1601 until 1629, also by Everts en Fritschius. In the same volume also the foldout copper engraving (51 x 31 cm) 'Gezigt der Markt te 's-Hertogenbosch, met het gevegt tusschen de Burgery, en het Schermers Gilde den 1 Juli 1579 voorgevallen' (this engraving by Everts en De Huyser with a minimal and skillfully restored tear.
All engravings very powerful.
Vol. 1: *-8, *2, A-Z8, 2A-2L8, 2M2.
Vol. 2: *2, A-Z8, 2A-2L8, 2M2.
Vol. 3: *2, A-Z8, 2A-2F8, 2G4 (2G4 blanco).
Vol. 4: *2, A-X8, Y1, A-F8, G2 (G2 blanco).
Fingerprint identical to STCN 177608, 177708 and 177808.
Collated and complete.
Beautiful set, complete, paper remarkably fresh, firmly bound and despite some shelf-wear and slightly amped corners in a very good condition.