- Frontisp. (on verso htitle) sl. stained and w. marginal repairs; title-p. (sl. soiled and w. tiny closed hole) and allegorical border for the portrait cut short in outer margin (border w. coats of arms on verso title-p. not affected); htitle w. vague library stamp; map of the Netherlands w. a few vague waterstains and sm. closed tear; map of Friesland partly waterstained; map of Flanders marginally waterstained; sl. yellowed/ trifle foxed/ stained throughout and occas. w. marginal waterstains; later endpapers, first free endpaper w. old owner's entry and library stamp. Recased w. use of contemp. backstrip. A good copy.
= Copy with 2 extra views from later editions: Oostende-2 and Dunkerque-2. The map of the Netherlands Guicciardini Illustratus 3 ("Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris"), and all plans/ views in the unnumbered state (copies w. Netherlands-4 and/ or numbered plans/ views also exist). Guicciardini Illustratus 6, variant 2 (the spaces for the coat of arms and the portrait contain printed text); Voet 1278; Tiele 423; Fontaine Verwey, Uit de Wereld van het Boek II, p.9-31. The first French Plantin edition of this famous description of the Netherlands. The first edition, in Italian language, was published Antwerp, 1567, the illustrations mainly cut in wood. The first copperengraved edition, in Italian, appeared in 1581; this second edition with copperengravings was enlarged with 23 extra plans, i.a. by the Hogenberg brothers. The importance of Guicciardini's work as one of the major historical sources for the history of The Netherlands needs no further comment, nor the beauty of the work as illustrated book, reflecting the emerging self-confidence of the young republic at the beginning of its Golden Age. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXV.