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Auction archive: Lot number 23

Calvete de Estrella, El felicissimo viaje, Antwerp, 1552, Flemish binding by Plantin for Federico Badoero

Estimate
US$10,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 23

Calvete de Estrella, El felicissimo viaje, Antwerp, 1552, Flemish binding by Plantin for Federico Badoero

Estimate
US$10,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Calvete de Estrella, Juan Christoval El felicissimo viaie del mvy alto y mvy poderoso principe don Philippe, hijo del emperador don Carlos Quinto Maximo, desde España a sus tierras de la baxa Alemaña: con la descripcion de todos los Estados de Brabante y Flandes. Escrito en quatro libros por Iuan Christoual Calvete de Estrella. Antwerp: Martinus I Nutius, 1552
A chronicle by the Aragonese humanist Calvete de Estrella (ca. 1510–1593) of the journey taken by Charles V and Prince Philip to the Low Countries, 1548–1551. Written to familiarize his countrymen with the states of the old duchy of Burgundy, it presents an idyllic picture of the region and its people, with vast amounts of historical and geographical information, and especially detailed descriptions of the splendid processions and festivities held enroute. Calvete remained in Antwerp until 1556, cultivating strong contacts with Flemish scholars and with the local booktrade. In 1556, he introduced Christophe Plantin to the new king, and Plantin afterwards credited Calvete for promoting his appointment in 1570 as chief printer of the King (Architypographus, Prototypographus regius).
During Calvete’s residence in Antwerp, Plantin was the only reputable binder in Antwerp, and Calvete turned to him for luxuriously bound copies of El felicissimo viaie for presentation. Three such volumes are well-known, made for Prince Philip (Monasterio de El Escorial, 34-I-15); Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle (Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, Rel. Granvelle 244); and Mary Tudor (London, British Library, C.47.i.4). Our copy, bound by Plantin and presented to Federico Badoer, is a new addition to this short list.
Federico Badoer (1519–1593) had served as ambassador of the Republic of Venice to the court of Charles V, and after the Emperor’s abdication, was appointed ambassador to Philip II. He was at court while Philip II governed from Brussels in 1556–1557, and evidently encountered Calvete de Estrella there. The supralibros inscription on the lower cover suggests the book was a “leaving present”: Memoriae Friderico Badvario Apvd Car. V. Avg. Leg. Ven. V. Clares. et Ornatiss. In Perp. Animi Gra. Monvm. I. Chr. Stella D.d. 1556. Badoer returned to Venice in February 1557.
The plaque which encloses this inscription is also used by Plantin on a presentation copy of Jean de Laet’s 1555 edition of Dioscorides (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, ESlg/2 A.gr.b. 505), where it encloses an inscription from the editor and translator, Andrés de Laguna, to Gonzalo Pérez, secretary and chief minister to Philip II. The center of the upper cover of the Dioscorides is now empty; however, there is evidence that it once held the painted coat of arms of Gonzalo Pérez. On the present binding, the center of the upper cover has been cut out, and new leather substituted.
Folio (293 x 198 mm). Roman types, 40 lines plus headline. collation: *8, A–Z6, Aa–Zz6, AAa–NNn6: 362 leaves. Full-page woodcut of a triumphal arch, woodcut Imperial arms on title-page signed with monogram AC, woodcut printer's device on KKk6v and NNn6, one large historiated woodcut initial, numerous floriated woodcut initials, some woodcut Hebrew type. (Title-page a little stained, A1 with tiny ships at top margin, very occasional light browning.)
binding: Contemporary Antwerp brown calf (298 x 204 mm), by Christophe Plantin, 1556, for presentation by the author to Federico Badoer, richly gold tooled, lower cover with frame composed of 2 gilt fillets and multiple blind fillets containing repeated arabesque tool, in corners of central panel large open gilt arabesque, in center a panel-stamped large architectonic cartouche with gilt lettering in 3 open spaces, at top, “MEMO/RI/AE”, in center “FRIDERICO/BADVARIO APVD/CAR.V. AVG.LEG./VEN.V.CLARES./ET ORNATISS./ IN PERP. ANIMI/GRA. MONVM./ I. CHR. STELLA/”, at bottom, “D.D./ 1556”; upper cover similarly gilt tooled and paneled without lettering, 2 open cartouche spaces tooled with gilt ornament, which appears in all spine compartments, spine with 5 full bands, edges gilt. (Central panel of upper cover cut out and replaced with plain brown calf at an early date, quite rubbed with restoration to corners, joints, and edges.)
provenance: Juan Christoval Calvete de Estrella (1510?–1593?; presentation copy to:) — Federico Badoer (1519–1593; supralibros, lower cover lettered with presentation inscription dated 1556) — Sixteenth-century gift inscription “A Jean Henry Besinguer”, with six lines of French verse on title-page (unidentified) — Wolfgang Simon von Römersthal (inscription “Ex Libris Wolffgangi Simonis A Roemersthal Anno MDCXXI”) — possibly Candid von Engelshofen (1803-1866; inkstamp “V. Engelshofen” and shelfmark) — Nineteenth-century inscription claiming the book was from the (Thun Hohenstein) Tetschen library — Richard von Hünersdorff, London (Catalogue 17, London, [1994?], item 18 ($4500). acquisition: Purchased from Richard von Hünersdorff, 1999. 
references: NB 6408; USTC 440071; Peeters-Fontainas, no. 170; Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 14; Palau 40491; Adams C-264; cf. for the binding and related bindings: Conihout & Ract-Madoux, in Grandes Encuadernaciones en las Bibliotecas Reales: Siglo XV-Siglo XXI (Madrid, 2012), p. 177; Colin & Nixon, “La question des reliures de Plantin” in Studia bibliographica in honorem Herman de la Fontaine Verwey (Amsterdam 1966), pp. 58–89 (p.73, nos. 3, 18, 26, 27); Waille, La bibliothèque des Granvelle: inventaire des livres et manuscrits présents au Palais Granvelle en 1607 (Besançon, 2017), p. 134, no. 1189; Schunke, “Die Einbände des Christoph Plantin,” in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1956, pp. 319–330 (p. 328, no. 8); Colin, “Sur quelques reliures de Christophe Plantin découvertes récemment,” in The Book Collector (1975), pp. 59–64 (pp. 63–65, no. 51 & Pls. 16, 21). 

Auction archive: Lot number 23
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
Beschreibung:

Calvete de Estrella, Juan Christoval El felicissimo viaie del mvy alto y mvy poderoso principe don Philippe, hijo del emperador don Carlos Quinto Maximo, desde España a sus tierras de la baxa Alemaña: con la descripcion de todos los Estados de Brabante y Flandes. Escrito en quatro libros por Iuan Christoual Calvete de Estrella. Antwerp: Martinus I Nutius, 1552
A chronicle by the Aragonese humanist Calvete de Estrella (ca. 1510–1593) of the journey taken by Charles V and Prince Philip to the Low Countries, 1548–1551. Written to familiarize his countrymen with the states of the old duchy of Burgundy, it presents an idyllic picture of the region and its people, with vast amounts of historical and geographical information, and especially detailed descriptions of the splendid processions and festivities held enroute. Calvete remained in Antwerp until 1556, cultivating strong contacts with Flemish scholars and with the local booktrade. In 1556, he introduced Christophe Plantin to the new king, and Plantin afterwards credited Calvete for promoting his appointment in 1570 as chief printer of the King (Architypographus, Prototypographus regius).
During Calvete’s residence in Antwerp, Plantin was the only reputable binder in Antwerp, and Calvete turned to him for luxuriously bound copies of El felicissimo viaie for presentation. Three such volumes are well-known, made for Prince Philip (Monasterio de El Escorial, 34-I-15); Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle (Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, Rel. Granvelle 244); and Mary Tudor (London, British Library, C.47.i.4). Our copy, bound by Plantin and presented to Federico Badoer, is a new addition to this short list.
Federico Badoer (1519–1593) had served as ambassador of the Republic of Venice to the court of Charles V, and after the Emperor’s abdication, was appointed ambassador to Philip II. He was at court while Philip II governed from Brussels in 1556–1557, and evidently encountered Calvete de Estrella there. The supralibros inscription on the lower cover suggests the book was a “leaving present”: Memoriae Friderico Badvario Apvd Car. V. Avg. Leg. Ven. V. Clares. et Ornatiss. In Perp. Animi Gra. Monvm. I. Chr. Stella D.d. 1556. Badoer returned to Venice in February 1557.
The plaque which encloses this inscription is also used by Plantin on a presentation copy of Jean de Laet’s 1555 edition of Dioscorides (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, ESlg/2 A.gr.b. 505), where it encloses an inscription from the editor and translator, Andrés de Laguna, to Gonzalo Pérez, secretary and chief minister to Philip II. The center of the upper cover of the Dioscorides is now empty; however, there is evidence that it once held the painted coat of arms of Gonzalo Pérez. On the present binding, the center of the upper cover has been cut out, and new leather substituted.
Folio (293 x 198 mm). Roman types, 40 lines plus headline. collation: *8, A–Z6, Aa–Zz6, AAa–NNn6: 362 leaves. Full-page woodcut of a triumphal arch, woodcut Imperial arms on title-page signed with monogram AC, woodcut printer's device on KKk6v and NNn6, one large historiated woodcut initial, numerous floriated woodcut initials, some woodcut Hebrew type. (Title-page a little stained, A1 with tiny ships at top margin, very occasional light browning.)
binding: Contemporary Antwerp brown calf (298 x 204 mm), by Christophe Plantin, 1556, for presentation by the author to Federico Badoer, richly gold tooled, lower cover with frame composed of 2 gilt fillets and multiple blind fillets containing repeated arabesque tool, in corners of central panel large open gilt arabesque, in center a panel-stamped large architectonic cartouche with gilt lettering in 3 open spaces, at top, “MEMO/RI/AE”, in center “FRIDERICO/BADVARIO APVD/CAR.V. AVG.LEG./VEN.V.CLARES./ET ORNATISS./ IN PERP. ANIMI/GRA. MONVM./ I. CHR. STELLA/”, at bottom, “D.D./ 1556”; upper cover similarly gilt tooled and paneled without lettering, 2 open cartouche spaces tooled with gilt ornament, which appears in all spine compartments, spine with 5 full bands, edges gilt. (Central panel of upper cover cut out and replaced with plain brown calf at an early date, quite rubbed with restoration to corners, joints, and edges.)
provenance: Juan Christoval Calvete de Estrella (1510?–1593?; presentation copy to:) — Federico Badoer (1519–1593; supralibros, lower cover lettered with presentation inscription dated 1556) — Sixteenth-century gift inscription “A Jean Henry Besinguer”, with six lines of French verse on title-page (unidentified) — Wolfgang Simon von Römersthal (inscription “Ex Libris Wolffgangi Simonis A Roemersthal Anno MDCXXI”) — possibly Candid von Engelshofen (1803-1866; inkstamp “V. Engelshofen” and shelfmark) — Nineteenth-century inscription claiming the book was from the (Thun Hohenstein) Tetschen library — Richard von Hünersdorff, London (Catalogue 17, London, [1994?], item 18 ($4500). acquisition: Purchased from Richard von Hünersdorff, 1999. 
references: NB 6408; USTC 440071; Peeters-Fontainas, no. 170; Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 14; Palau 40491; Adams C-264; cf. for the binding and related bindings: Conihout & Ract-Madoux, in Grandes Encuadernaciones en las Bibliotecas Reales: Siglo XV-Siglo XXI (Madrid, 2012), p. 177; Colin & Nixon, “La question des reliures de Plantin” in Studia bibliographica in honorem Herman de la Fontaine Verwey (Amsterdam 1966), pp. 58–89 (p.73, nos. 3, 18, 26, 27); Waille, La bibliothèque des Granvelle: inventaire des livres et manuscrits présents au Palais Granvelle en 1607 (Besançon, 2017), p. 134, no. 1189; Schunke, “Die Einbände des Christoph Plantin,” in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1956, pp. 319–330 (p. 328, no. 8); Colin, “Sur quelques reliures de Christophe Plantin découvertes récemment,” in The Book Collector (1975), pp. 59–64 (pp. 63–65, no. 51 & Pls. 16, 21). 

Auction archive: Lot number 23
Auction:
Datum:
11 Oct 2023
Auction house:
Sotheby's
34-35 New Bond St.
London, W1A 2AA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7293 5000
+44 (0)20 7293 5989
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