Beschryving der Eerpoorten

Beschryving der Eerpoorten

Beschryving Der EerpoortenorSplendid Ceremonies 1691 First Edition

Printed In Amsterdam by Carel Allard

The Volume is in Fine Condition bound in half vellum over marbled boards, with slip-case: externally the bindin has been repaired, retaining the original boards and spine, which show slight scuffing, with small tears to the head and tail of the spine, and with board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined with more recent end papers, some mild toning throughout, some small fox marks in margines, and with well made repairs to some tears, and deep rich impressions for the plates.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects with twenty plates. Some inscribed notation claim that only four plates are original to the work, while Lanwehr claims the 20 plates are all part of the issue. It is therefore likely that the plates were issued separately, but simultaneously, with the intent that they would be bound in by the buyer. See below for pagination & dimensions.


Front Board - Beschryving Der EerpoortenTitle - Beschryving Der Eerpoorten

Under the specter of French Invasion William of Orange, later William III, had the desperate mandate of defending the Dutch republic from the ambitious Louis XIV. Though wealthy, the Netherlands had only a small capacity to defend itself against the might of the Sun King, with no substantial allies available. Looking to England, a strong trading partner and the only other significant protestant power, the Dutch saw a tumultuous political scene with no permanent religious settlement in sight, and a Catholic James II on the throne intent on alliance with Versailles.

Mercifully, James II’s daughter Mary was married to William, and as the English King attempted to rule by decree, with policies including alliance with France, dissent grew. With the birth of James Francis and the prosecution of the Seven Bishops, the English Parliament saw no recourse but reaching out to William and Mary. James fled to France, attempted to return via Ireland, and ultimately remained in exile for the rest of his life.

For the Dutch, fortunes could not have changed for better than these events. With the large English navy now helping to protect the coast from the spanish, and English army potentially able to assist at the southern border, the Republic regained a measure of security, as well as a favourable trading partner.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [2]-24. The volume collates as follows: A-F2. The volume measures about 30.5 cm. By 19.5 cm. By 1.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 295 mm. By 185 mm.

The plates are as follows:

  1. Birth of the Prince of Wales, Jame Francis Eduard, who was shown by Father Peters to his parents James II and Queen Beatrix.
  2. The Seven Bishops brought to the Tour on 18 June 1688 and released on the 25
  3. The adventures of James II in four scenes: the King at Feversham, from Feversham to Rochester. From Rochester to Amletense, and from Bologne to Paris.
  4. Reception of James II by Louis XIV at Versailles
  5. Departure of William/King William III from Holland on 11/11/1688.
  6. Arriva of Prince/King William in ENgland on 15 November 1688.
  7. Entrance of William in London on 28 January 1689.
  8. William in the House of Commons
  9. Departure of the Princess of Orange from Holland on 20 February 1689.
  10. Arrival of the Princess in England, on 22 February 1689.
  11. The Princess sailing from Whitehall to Westminster.
  12. Coronation of William III and Mary Stuart on 21 April 1689.
  13. The Royal Champion traditionally challenges everybody who questions the legitimacy of the election.
  14. William and Mary taking the Oath
  15. William’s defeat of James II at the Battle of the Boyne 11 July 1690.
  16. Flight of James II after the Battle – boarding a boat in Waterford
  17. Triumphal Arch for William and Mary on the Market in the Hague
  18. Triumphal Arch for William and Mary on ‘De Plaets’ in the Hague
  19. Triumphal Arch for William and Mary on the ‘Buitenhof’ in the Hague. 1691
  20. Entrance of William & Mary in the Hague, 5 February 1691.

Provenance:the volume bears the bookplate of Gerard Jacob Theodoor Beelaerts van Blokland (1843 – 1897), hand dated 1889. Blokland was a Dutch politician known for serving as European envoy for the South African Republic from 1884 to 1897, and as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1888 to 1891.
This volume first appears at auction in Amsterdam, 11/19/2008, at The Beelaerts van Blockland Library Books, sale.
As per Wikipedia “From 1883 until 1894, he served as member in the Dutch House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House from 1888 until 1891. He also served as member of the Provincial Legislature of South Holland from 1888 until 1892. He was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion by royal decree.
The Beelaerts van Blokland family were orthodox Protestants and maintained a long-standing interest in South Africa. Beelaerts was a member of a committee to aid the cause of the Boers in the South African Republic. He served as legal adviser to the Boer delegation to London to review the Pretoria Convention of 1883. From 1884, Beelaerts served as resident for the South African Republic and from 1889, he served as envoy representing the South African Republic in Europe. He performed this function without compensation until his death in 1897.”
Sometime before 1889, perhaps in the care of the Blockland Library the binding was repaired and restored, (see description). The contemporary Dutch Half Velum over marbled boards was retained, corners were renewed and new endpapers using 19th Century Dutch rag paper (J Hessels Garden of Holland watermark) were pasted over the original sheets. Some of the tabs holding the plates were strengthened in places and some plates repaired from reverse using thin rag paper. Finally the work was housed in a 19th Century Slip Case, wrapped in marbled paper.
Recent History:

  • 11/19/2008, at The Beelaerts van Blockland Library Books, sale.
  • The Blockland copy next appears as a feature item in the 2009 Amsterdam Book Fair preview, for 8,500 euros.
  • The book again shows up in a Dutch book-dealers catalogue; De Burca Rare Books, Catalogue 114, Nov 10, 2014 for 6,750 euros.
  • From here the book at some time was sold and made its way to Ireland. We next see it at the Adam’s History Sale in 2015.
  • Finally, the book was acquired by Third Floor Rare Books, from Ireland in 2019.

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