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PUFENDORF, SAMUEL. - [THE MAGNIFICENT ILLUSTRATION OF THE SWEDISH WARS 1655-60]

De Rebus a Carolo Gustavo Sveciæ Rege Gestis commentariorum libri septem. Elegantissimis Tabulis æneis exornati cum triplici Indice.

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Nürnberg, Christophorus Riegel Literis Knorzianis, 1696. Folio. (35 x 23 cm.). Contemporary full mottled calf with richly gilt spine and 6 raised bands. Capitals re-enforced/repaired. An excellent, sturdy, and tight binding. A few leaves with a bit of dusting, but overall remarkably nice, clean and bright. Half-title. (8), 626, 53, (9), (2) pp. Engraved allegorical frontispiece (by Jean Boulanger after D.K. Ehrenstrahl), 12 engraved portraits and 115 fine engraved plates (numbered up to 112, some numbers omitted, some unnumbered, some double-numbered, complete). Some of the plates folded three times and the plate with the view of Stockholm showing the procession of the funeral of Carl X Gustav is printed from 13 plates, 450 cm. long. An excellent copy. ¶ Scarce first edition - in Latin - of this profusely illustrated work on the Swedish Wars, which also appeared in translations into German and French.

The writing of this official history of the Swedish Wars with Poland and Denmark from 1655 to 1660 was entrusted by the King Charles XI to Samuel Pufendorf, the famous and important German jurist, political philosopher, economist, statesman and historian, who was made a baron in 1694, shortly before he died. He has played a great role in the development of the philosophy of law and political history. His famous work on the Swedish Wars is also famed for its impressive and excellent illustrations, -not least the 450 cm. long procession-plate.

To illustrate the history, use was made of the original drawings by Erik Dahlberg, the Quarter-Master general of the Swedish Army, who was an eye-witness. The drawings were engraved by the same artists that Dahlbergh employed in Paris and later in Sweden for his "Suecia Antiqua", e.g. Boulanger, Cochin, Jean le Pautre, Perelle etc. etc. It includes views from Poland, Denmark, Germany and Norway. It is easy to trace the influence of Callot, as well as of Rubens in these splendid Cavalry scenes. - Swedish Books No 38 - Warmholtz: 4840.

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