[WIRRI, Heinrich].


[WIRRI, Heinrich]. Ordenliche beschreybung der Fürstlichen...

Augsburg, Philipp Ulhart (II), [1568].


FIRST EDITION. Small folio. ff. [22], 55, [1] + 1 double-page woodcut plate and 1 folding plate. Gothic letter, all leaves within typographical border. Double-page woodcut circular diagram with arms of cities within the Palatinate, 1 extended folding plate with woodcut ceremonial procession, 38 (+ one empty frame) full-page or smaller shields within decorative frame, 2 small woodcut seals, 5 double-page woodcut scenes of jousting knights, all in fine period hand-colouring, decorated initials and ornaments. Some browning, a bit heavier to first couple of ll. and to double-page diagram, mainly marginal foxing, lower blank margin of I3 repaired, three small holes at foot of P5, affecting a few letters, some repairs to folds of blank verso of extended plate (few small losses supplied in ms), gatherings Q and S strengthened at gutter, small oil stain to title blank, light water stain to couple of ll. at end. A good copy in C19 calf, gilt, marbled eps, raised bands, extremities a bit rubbed, the odd early ms note.

First edition of this lavishly illustrated (in colour) festival book celebrating the wedding of Wilhelm V (1548-1626), Count Palatine of the Rhine (i.e., the Electoral Palatinate) and later Duke of Bavaria, and Renée (1544-1602), Duchess of Lorraine, in Munich in 1568. The Swiss Heinrich Wirri (d.1572) travelled in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as an entertainer at weddings, also participating in small and big local festivals as a singer or actor, including the present, which he then recounted in printed books or broadsides. The present begins with a gallery of the arms of all the illustrious participants, accompanied by German verse, e.g., Wilhelm’s father, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria; Ferdinand I, Archduke of Austria; the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg; and the Stadhalter of Augsburg. A large woodcut diagram, with Wilhelm’s arms at the centre, comprises dozens of shields of cities within his domains. Wirri narrates in verse the wedding procession and ceremony (with the order followed in church, the oaths, etc.), with ‘stage directions’ printed as sidenotes, e.g., ‘enters Duke Ferdinand’, ‘enter the Cardinals’, and ‘enter’ numerous ambassadors, from Florence, Spain, Baden, etc., as well as the ‘bridal carriage from Lorraine’. A two-page diagram shows the arrangement of the participants by the altar. The most intriguing feature is the extended folding plate, here remarkably present, showing the arrival of the Archduke of Austria into Munich. The final part illustrates the jousts held after the ceremony, e.g., a tournament with a bucket-shaped helmet, another over a fence, and so on. A very charming festival book.

Harvard, Penn State, Maryland, Getty and Brown copies recorded in the US. USTC 681412; VD16 W3586; Lipperheide 4.
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