HOOFT, Pieter Corneliszoon.
Neederlandsche historien,sedert de ooverdraght der heerschappye van Kaizar Karel den Vyfden, op Kooning Philips zynen zoon.- IDEM, Vervolgh der Neederlandsche historien, seedert het overlyden van Prins Willem, tot het einde der landtvooghdyschap des Graaaven van Leicester.
Louis Elzevier, 16421654, Amsterdam, - 2 vols. Folio. Uniformly bound in contemporary vellum, spines with titles written in ink. With engraved title-page by Theod. Matham after Joachim Sandrart, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, woodcut printer's device on the title of the second vol. Vol. 1: (14; first blank missing), 899 (many mistakes in pagination), (28); vol. 2: (8), 333, (11) pp. Original edition of Hooft's famous history of the first part (1555-1587) of the Eighty Year's War or Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648). The war began as a revolt against Philip II of Spain, the overlord of the Habsburg Netherlands, and ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. This revolt partly succeeded with the secession of the seven Northern provinces which formed the Dutch Republic since 1579. Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (1581-1647) was born in Amsterdam as the son of the then mayor, Cornelis Hooft. As the 'Drost' (sheriff) of Muiden he founded the 'Muiderkring', a literary circle located at his home, the Muiderslot, the castle of Muiden in which he got to live since his appointment as sheriff. Among the members were the poets, scholars and playwrights Caspar Barlaeus, Constantijn Huygens, Tesselschade, G.A. Bredero and Joost van den Vondel. He, Bredero, and Vondel were also founders of the first Nederduytsche Academy. Hooft was a prolific writer of plays, poems and letters, but he concentrated from 1618 onwards on writing his history of the Netherlands (the present Neederlandsche historiën), inspired by Roman historian Tacitus, whose Annales he wished to imitate and emulate in Dutch. The first 20 books appeared in 1642 describing in an elegant style the years between the abdication of Charles V in 1555 and the murder of William the Silent (William of Orange) in 1584, followed in 1654 by the continuation containing books 21-27 covering the years 1584-1587. The Neederlandsche Historien are famous for having influenced strongly the development of the Dutch language. Good set.- (Top corner of front cover of binding first vol. repaired, first blank lacking, right hand top of first lvs. dam., not affecting the text, the half title fastened to the engraved title by a slip of paper). Leendertz 123 and 124; Willems 986 (vol.1); Haitsma Mulier, 193-5; S. Groenveld, `Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft en de geschiedenis van zijn eigen tijd', in: Bijdr. en Meded. betr. de Gesch. d. Ned., 93 (1978), pp. 43-68; L.J. Rogier, `P.C. Hooft als geschiedschrijver', in: Terugblik en uitzicht 1(964-5), II, pp. 57-68; J. Romein, `Hooft als historieschrijver', in: De Nieuwe Stem, 2 (1947), pp. 337-60; P. Geyl, `Hooft's Historiën', in: Historia 12 (1947), pp. 121-6.
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