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HOOFT, Pieter Corneliszoon.
Neederlandsche histoorien, sedert de ooverdraght der heerschappye van kaizar Karel den vyfden, op kooning Philips zynen zoon.Amsterdam, Louis Elzevier, 1642. Folio. With engraved title-page by Theodoor Matham after Joachim Sandrart and a woodcut initial at the beginning of each "book". Contemporary vellum.
[41], [1 blank], 42, 41-899, [1 blank] pp.First edition of a history of the Netherlands by the famous Dutch poet Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (1581-1647). It is divided into 20 "books", starting in the year 1555, right before the reign of Philip II (1527-1598) and narrates the years leading up to the Dutch revolt and the first years of the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648), closing with the murder of William the Silent (William of Orange) in 1584. "A grand prose epic ... it is of course patriotic, but with a clear-sighted understanding of the enemy's motives. Written in an unconventional style strongly influenced by Tacitus, with great feeling for drama and for the contribution of distinct individuals to the course of events, Dutch History marks a high point in the tradition of humanist historiography and the development of Dutch prose style" (Hermans).With two early owner's inscriptions. Some large marginal water stains, a few spots and very small holes in text, not affecting the legibility of the text, and some ink underscoring throughout. A good copy.l T. Hermans, A literary history of the Low Countries (2009), p. 170; Leendertz 123; STCN 861011570.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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