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Asher Rare Books
Tuurdijk 16
3997 MS 't Goy - Houten
The Netherlands


Julius W. Steiner


+31-30-6011955 +31-30-6011955



An extensively illustrated classic of heraldry, beautifully coloured by hand
[SCHMIDT, Samuel Heinrich]. Simon de VRIES (translator). De doorlughtige weereld; voorstellende een zeer nette genealogische, historische en politische beschijvingh aller tegenwoordig levende keyseren, koningen, vorsten, en graven; nevens de staten en republiquen des geheelen aerdbodems. Amsterdam, François Halma (vol. 1), Johannes van Oosterwijck (vols. 2-3), 1700. 8vo. 3 volumes. With a hand-coloured engraved title-page in volume 1, Halma's engraved device on all 3 (letterpress) title-pages (1 hand coloured), 2 engraved headpieces, 5 numbered hand-coloured engravings with about 130 heraldic figures, 132 half-page engraved coats of arms (partly hand coloured), 5 nearly full-page hand-coloured engravings with 10 to 12 coats of arms each, 2 folding engraved hand-coloured plates, and 14 partly hand-coloured engraved plates showing 76 numbered maritime flags of all nations. The colouring is well done by a contemporary hand. Contemporary vellum.

First Dutch edition, published two years after the original German edition, of a beautifully and extensively illustrated classic of heraldry and orders of knighthood, including much valuable information on genealogy, biographies of heads of state world-wide, world history and politics, as well as an important appendix on ships' flags and the terminology for parts of ships. The signed engravings are by Jan Goeree (1670-1731) and Jan van Vianen (ca. 1660-1726). All engravings are beautifully coloured by a contemporary hand, showing the arms in particular in all their glory.
The 200 or so coats of arms (arranged geographically) cover European royalty, archbishops, popes and other religious leaders, noblemen of the Holy Roman Empire, noblemen of the Dutch house of Nassau and of Friesland, noblemen of Italy, the Russian Czars, the 13 Swiss cantons and 7 Dutch provinces, etc. The display of ships' flags must be the most extensive from such an early date, providing valuable information for maritime history, and the present Dutch edition is a primary source for the Dutch names of parts of ships: 130 features, including every detail of the rigging, keyed to numbers in the folding plate. An English misreading of the Dutch "Ierse" (Irish) as Jersey is said to be the origin of the flag still used in Jersey! A section of more than a hundred pages provides detailed information on the rulers of non-Christian lands, covering the Ottoman Empire, Persia, Morocco, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), the Indian Mogul Empire, China and Japan.
The German edition (Hamburg, 1697-1698) is generally ascribed to Schmidt. The Dutch edition is usually listed under De Vries, though the title-page names him only as translator and it is not clear how much he contributed to the content. Theodor Berger, sometimes reported as Schmidt's co-author, apparently contributed only to later German editions. The subtitle to volume three differs from the others: "...; bevattende een zeer nette historische ...".
A good set, with waterstains (mostly marginal) throughout the volumes and one leaf detached in volume two.
Cat. NHSM, p. 573; STCN 853077584.
Exhibitor: Asher Rare Books

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