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1144   GUICCIARDINI, L. La description de tous les Païs-Bas, autrement appellés la Germanie inférieure, ou Basse Allemagne. Antw., Chr. Plantin, 1582. (20), 495, (25) pp. W. engr. front., engr. ti-p., 2 full-p. dedic. engrs., 12 double-p. engr. maps & 66 engr. plans & views (for the greater part double-p.). Fol. Cont. cf. w. raised bands, & dec. gilt back. (Spine ends dam., corners bumped/worn, joints partly split, bind. chafed in places, front. laid down, lower margin of ti. & of 1 map strengthened, some small marg. rep., marg. a bit stained/thumbed in places, but a complete copy with the plates in good condition. Sold w.a.f., not subject to return).
estimate EUR 1.800  EUR 2.600
First French edition of Ludovico Guicciardini's 'Descrittione di tutti Paesi Bassi' of which the first edition appeared in 1567. Guicciardini (1521-89), Italian businessman and author, left Italy in 1538 and settled down in Antwerp. His 'Descrittione' is the first detailed description of the principalities and cities of the Low Countries, which assured the author instant fame. The first copperengraved edition appeared in Italian in 1581. This second copperengraved edition was enlarged with 23 plans. - Tiele, 423; Guicciardini Illustratus, p. 40-45; Voet, 1278; see also at length H. de la Fontaine Verwey. Uit de wereld v.h. boek II, pp. 9-31.

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