Descrittione Di M. Lodovico Guicciardini Patritio Fiorentino, Di Tutti I Paesi Bassi, Altrimenti Detti Germania Inferiore. Con Piu Carte Di Geographia Del Paese, & Col Ritratto Naturale Di Piu Terre Principali. Al Gran Re Cattolico Filippo D'austria.
. Con amplissimo Indice di tutte le cose piu memorabilia. In Anversa M.D.LXVII Apresso Guglielmo Silvio, Stampatore Regio.[ Antwerp, Willem Silvius, 1567]  296 , [18 = Index] end papers not counted. Folio. Contemporary vellum binding , leather title label with gilt title. The title page features a woodcut architectural frame with allegorical figures, coat of arms on verso followed by a page with the portrait of Philips II, both also within the same architectural frames, and 17 double-page plates, maps and views (15 woodcuts, 2 engravings),decorative chapter initials each over 4 cm square. The double plates feature:  the Low countries and its frontiers, Brabant,  Leuven,  Brussels,  Antwerp,  Chiesa di nostra Donna [ Onze Lieve Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp ] ,  Townhall Antwerp,  Bolduc ['s-Hertogenbosch],  Malines,  North- and South Holland and Utrecht,  Amsterdam,  Flanders,  Gent,  Brugge,  Yperen, Hainault,  Liege [Luik], Slightly spotted/browned throughout, minor wormholing in right bottom part of title and even smaller in the page with the portrait, 9 lines of handwritten marginal annotations on page 20, slightly visible on previous page, 6 cm tear in lower margin of page 31, small part of one sentence on page 41 underlined, On several plates an amateurish hand has done some colouring in red, mostly the churches, castles and towers, printer's error on page 123 has displaced a small part of the text in the right top corner, last page of the index somewhat more discoloured with tiny holes in right hand margin and top corner. top and corner of spine sl. worm, corners worn. One of the most important books published on the Low Countries in the 16th century by Lodovico (or Luduvico) Guicciardini, being the first detailed description of the principalities and cities of the region which assured the author instant fame. It was the first travel guide of the Netherlands divided into sections, each devoted to a particular region illustrated by engraved plans and views and became immediately popular, with over fifty editions in the 16th and seventeeth century alone. Guicciardini shows us the graduate change concerning the (politcal) situation of the Low Countries as a result of the enduring resistance against the king of Spain. The book covers all aspects of contemporary life in each area as well, including extensive treatment of the fine arts, trade and the commercial concerns of each region. Also an important source for early Dutch history. Lodovico Guicciardini (Florence 1521 - Antwerp 1589), was an Italian businessman and author. He left Italy for Lyons in 1538 and shortly afterwards settled down in Antwerp where, together with his brother Giovan-Battista, he started dealing in cloth, goldthread and similar commodities. As one of the many Italians in Antwerp who tried to make a living, Guicciardini would have remained unknown if in 1567 he had not published this 'Description of the Whole Netherlands'. See: Brunet II, 1806; Adams G-1540; Belgica Typographica 1360 , Deys, Guicciardini illustratus 1; Tiele, Bibl. 420; STCV .
¶ The finest 16th century book on the Netherlands with fine birds eye views of each of the cities .
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