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[Nadasdy, Ferencz III, Count de.]. Mausoleum Potentissimorum ac Gloriosissimorum Regni Apostolici Regum & Primorum Militantis Ungariae Ducum Vindicatis è mortuali pulvere Reliquiis ad gratam apud posteros memoriam... Nuremburg: Apud Michaëlem & Joannem Fridericum Enteros, 1664. Tall quarto. 311 x 190mm. [4]ff., 407, [5] pp. Engraved title, title printed in red and black, fifty-nine full page copper engraved full length portraits of Dukes and Kings of Hungary. Text in German and Latin, with charming woodcut and typographical ornaments. Probably eighteenth century red morocco, ruled in gilt on covers, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine, edges speckled red. Sympathetic old repairs to spine and bottom corners, repair to lower margin of engraved title just touching edge of image; withal a nice copy.
First Edition. Rare history of the dukes and kings of Hungary, from the first formation of the federation of united tribes, to the crowning of Saint Stephen as the first king in 1001, to Ferdinand IV, king from 1647 until his death in 1654. The fine engravings are portraits, the earlier dukes in fighting armor, the later kings in regal robes and symbols of office including a lone woman, Maria, who reigned in the fourteenth century. The images are richly imbued with symbols of their office, regalia and weapons; often with detailed views of battles, landscape, or cities in the background. The author was Ferencz III, Count de Nadasdy, a patriotic Hungarian statesman who opposed the despotic policy of the Emperor Leopold. He was accused of a conspiracy against the life of Leopold, unjustly condemned, and beheaded in 1671. (#kfk620) $3,000.00

 

 

 

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