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Const-thoonende juweel, by de loflijcke stadt Haerlem, ten versoecke van Trou Moet Blijcken, in't licht gebracht. . In twaelf spelen van sinne. Zwolle, Zacharias Heyns, 1607. 4to. With 13 folding engraved panoramic views of the processions of the participating societies (ranging from 13 x 56 cm to 13 x 140 cm), 13 nearly full-page engraved coats of arms and 2 engraved elevations showing the stage and the triumphal arch used during the festivities. 17th-century gold-tooled vellum. Recased, later endpapers.
- Bibl. Belg. III, pp. 614-618; Hiler, pp. 182; Praz, p. 307; B.A.M. Ramakers, De Const Getoond (2001). First issue of the first and only edition of an extraordinary record of texts, music and imagery from the greatest Dutch rhetoricians' contest, held in Haarlem in October 1606, and a masterpiece of the book arts in the opening years of the Dutch golden age: "the most extensive and most impressive in its genre" (Ramakers). The magnificent views of the processions show about 250 people, most dressed as allegorical, historical or religious figures, many in fantastic costumes. The chambers of rhetoric also put a great deal of artistic effort into the design and execution of their coats of arms, all shown here. The "rederyker kamers" were rather broader than the usual translation "chambers of rhetoric" suggests, concerning themselves not only with rhetoric but also with poetry, song, art and especially drama. The present book gives an unparalleled view of the work of these societies. With a water stain in the head margin throughout, often only faintly visible, and a couple pages foxed; the plates are printed on somewhat thin paper and are folded several times because of their size causing a couple false folds and creases, and an occasional minor tear along a fold; the water stain in the head margin occasionally touching the image, one plate with some smudges, and curiously in the plate of the procession of the chamber of Amsterdam the letterpress poem in the foot margin below the letterpress caption has been removed and replaced with blank paper. Still generally in good condition. Recased, as noted, with a couple small restorations to the top of the spine. A landmark book for drama, music, poetry, costumes, artistic heraldry, rhetoricians and book production at the dawn of the Dutch golden age.
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