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Landwehr, John. ROMEYN DE HOOGHE as Book Illustrator. 247 pp. text with 109 reproductions of engraved title pages and book illustrations with detailed descriptions. 4to, cloth. Amsterdam, Vangendt, 1970.
Item nr. 11621     $ 125.00

Wicquefort, Abraham de / WICQUEFORT, Abraham de

WICQUEFORT, Abraham de and Romeyn de HOOGHE. Advis Fidelle aux veritables Hollandois, touchant ce qui s'est passé dans les villages de Bodegrave et Swammerdam, et las cruautés inouies, que les Francois y ont exercées. [2], 202 pp. Illustrated with 8 folding etched plates (the last two plates with 2 scenes each) by Romeyn de Hooghe. 4to., 220 x 180 mm, bound in contemporary Dutch vellum over boards. [The Hague: Steucker Brothers], 1673.

First Edition of this tour-de-force of Baroque book illustration, and one of the most powerful graphic works by Romeyn de Hooghe. The acclaimed narrative focus of de Hooghe's engravings reach their zenith in the plates of the Advis Fidelle. Philip Hofer placed these engravings on an equal plane with the greatest anti-war designs, comparable to Callot's Grandes Misères de la Guerre and Goya's Desastres de la Guerra. " One of the few and too-little known masterpieces of the period" (Fürstenberg, quoted in 'The Book Collector,' 1960, p. 432).

In 1667 the French King Louis XIV invaded the Dutch Republic and advanced as far as the province of Utrecht. De Hooghe was vehemently opposed to this flagrant French expansionism, which resulted in the death of hundreds of his fellow countrymen. When cruelties committed by the French mercenary troops against the civilian population of Flanders and Holland became known, de Hooghe decided to expose the French atrocities in eight powerful designs he provided for the text written by Abraham de Wicquefort.

Otto Benesch has referred to de Hooghe as "not only the greatest Dutch etcher of the second half of the [seventeenth] century, but the only great artist Holland produced at the end of her classical era. He was one of the greatest illustrators of all times and comprehends within himself all the various qualities of the universal mind of the Baroque." Light stain to top of a few leaves at beginning, else, an extremely fine copy with the finest impressions of the de Hooghe engravings.

PROVENANCE: Pierre Berès, his sale Pierre Berge 2007, lot 140.

Landwehr, Romein de Hooghe 30. Hollstein IX, 90-96. Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration plate 140. Brunet I, 589. Willems 1874. Benesch, Artistic and Intellectual Trends from Rubens to Daumier 48-9.
Item nr. 148156     $ 12,500.00

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