Leiden: for Jean Jeanszoon Orlers, & Henry de Haestens, 1612.
First edition in French. Engraved title-page, armorial plate and portrait of Prince Maurice of Nassau, 43 double-page engraved maps and plates. [iv], 282 pp., with half-title ("Les Lauriers de Nassau"). Folio. Contemporary paneled calf gilt, red morocco spine label. Rebacked, some browning, preliminaries and last few leaves chipped at fore-edge, dampstain at foot of gutter. Bookplate. Item #308093
First edition in French of Orlers' Den Nassauscgen Lauren-crans (1610), a compendium of the military exploits of Prince Maurice of Nassau (1567-1625) during the Dutch Revolt against Spain during the Eighty Years' War. The plate at page 36 is "one of the very rare contemporary representations of the Armada battle" (Kraus, Sir Francis Drake, a Pictorial Biography, 35). The accompanying text gives a detailed listing of the composition of the Armada followed by a narrative of the battle. Also included is an account of the destruction of the Portuguese fleet by the Dutch at Banten, Java, in 1601 and a plate showing the arrival of the Dutch at Maritius (named after Maurice of Nassau) in 1598.
Orlers (1570-1646), bookseller and later mayor of Leiden, was also author of a history of the city (Beschrijvinge der stad Leyden, 1614).
Uncommon on the market.
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