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    Superb Franz Hogenberg Engraved Illustrations

    Franz Hogenberg. [Geschichtblatter] Scenes of the Dutch-Spanish Wars Engraved by Franz Hogenberg, Circa Early 1600s. [Cologne?], [circa 1620?] Folio. Three full-page portraits Ernestus, Archbishop of Cologne (#201), "Joannes Austriacus", illegitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (126), and "Alexander Farnesius", Duke of Parma (#157). Nineteen double-page scenes of the Dutch-Spanish wars ascribed to Franz Hogenberg. 5 double-page plates of military scenes with French plate descriptions. All of the Hogenberg plates have legends below in German. Bound into 19th century vellum backed marbled boards. Spine torn and defective, boards scuffed and worn; contents with some spotting, and occasional stains, some browning, some fold and edge tears, else very good.
    Hogenberg Plates: See: Muller, Nederlandse Historieplaten, our plates match in subject but not in numbering: 649 (here #92), 650 (93),725(118), 736 (125),737(127) ,739 (128), 799 (156), 797 (155), 787(129),801(158), 805(159), 806 (160), 815 162), 813 (161), 817 (163), 821165), 826 166), 827167), but one we cannot locate-- Godesberg--Dec. 17,1583 (196). See also: Biblio. Belgica: 1, 111ff. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Franz Hogenberg "was born at Mechlin, and came to England with his brother Remigius about 1560... About 1577 he settled at Cologne, where he produced many spirited plates representing the events of the 16th century, in which the oppressors of his country are not spared. He was a Protestant, and was made a citizen of Hamburg in 1585; he visited Copenhagen in 1588, and died at Cologne in 1590." [Bryan's Dict.]

    His illustrations of the first part of the 80 Years War covered the events from the beginning in 1568 to the Twelve-Year Truce of 1609-1621. He produced numerous engraved scenes of battlers on land and sea, portraits of major figures, maps, slaughters of civilians, etc. These engravings were originally accompanied with engraved text descriptions of the scenes they represented and served as examples of early illustrated newspapers, disseminating contemporary views of the wars.

    They were quite popular and were used to illustrate books of the time including Willem Baudartius' "Afbeeldinge ende beschrijinghe. der Veldslagen en Belgeringen onder Prins van Oranje geschiedenis", editions of Meteren's histories, etc. We have not been able to conclusively assign these plates to any particular publication but they are contemporary.

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