Auction 358 Netherlands - General History & Topography

LE ROY, J. Castella et praetoria nobilium Brabantiae coenobiaque celebriora ad vivum delineata aerique incisa in quatuor partes divisa complectentes agrum Lovaniensem, Bruxellensem, Antverpiensem, et Sylva-Ducensem (…). Antwerp, H. Thieullier, 1696. 4 parts in 1 vol. viii; iv; iv; iv pp. W. engr. front., engr. ti.-vignette, engr. colour scheme for coats of arms, and 120 plates as follows: 3 double-p./fold. plans/maps, 22 double-p./fold. views, 6 full-p. plates and 89 plates w. tog. 182 engr. views, the major part after J. v. Croes, F. Bauduin and W. Hollar, by Casp. Bouttats, Harrewijn, a.o. Fol. Fine 18th c. marbled cf., both sides bordered by broad gilt vegetal roll, spine raised in compartments and richly gilt, marbled endpapers. (Upper joint split (but binding sound), a bit age-toned, 1 fold. plate a bit torn on fold (but without loss of image), but altog. a very fine copy w. crisp and strong impressions).

Jacob or Jacques Le Roy (1633-1719) was a Brabant magistrate and historian. He was lord of Chapelle-Saint-Lambert and baron of Broechem. Following Antonius Sanderus, he made several important 'choreographies' of Brabant and Antwerp, for which he wrote texts for illustrations by various artists. This magnificent publication seeks to depict in all their glory all the castles, estates, abbeys, priories, etc. of the Duchy of Brabant. Very fine copy of the second edition which differs much from the first (published 1694). - Following the description in Bibl. Belgica III, 848-51, but w. extra plates not mentioned there. From the library of F.C. Koch and w. his bookplate.

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