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MARIE DE MEDICI'S ENTRY INTO AMSTERDAM. BARLAEUS (BARLEUS OR BAERLE), CASPAR (GASPAR). Marie de Midicis, entrant dans Amsterdam, ou, histoire de la reception faicte à la Reyne Mere du Roy tres-Chrestien. Amsterdam (chez Iean & Corneille Blaeu) 1638.
Folio (360x245 mm.). (13, lacks half-title), 16-97, (1 blank) pp. Title with woodcut vignette, engraved portrait, 16 engraved plates (all, 2 folding, 14 doublepage, plate 16 torn at centerfold without loss, minor foxing) by S. Savrÿ (Savery) and P. Nolpe, after N. C. Moeyart, S. de Vlieger, and Jan Maertszen (Jan de Jonge).
Later (18th century) brown half calf, somewhat worn, bumped corners, slightly faded gilt spine. Minor foxing. Old oval monogram stamp with the letters F:W:W: on title.
Lipperheide 2665; Berlin Cat. 2950.
Plates numbered. Lacks as usual the unnumbered 17th plate (The portrait of the 4 Burgomasters), added only to a few known copies.
First French edition, plates in second state with plates numbered, published the same year as the original latin edition, and a Dutch one.
The book illustrates Marie of Medici (1573-1642, Queen of France, married to Henry IV in 1600) entering Amsterdam in "procession and triumph", and other celebrations in 1638, after failing in removing cardinal Richelieu from his office in 1630.
From her exile in Compiègne she fled to Brussels in 1631 and from there to Amsterdam. Although in exile, her visit was considered a diplomatic triumph by the Dutch as it lent official recognition to the newly formed Dutch Republic.