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Constitutiones Ordinis Velleris Aurei, e Gallico in Latinum conversae
Balth. Moretus
€9.000 - €12.000

4to (25,5 x 18 cm), [xvi], 91 pp, PRINTED ON VELLUM. Illustrated with 2 engraved plates by Cornelis Galle (1576-1650): the Spanish royal coat of arms and the collar of the Order. Contemporary vellum binding, double gilt filet, all edges gilt. Burgundy cloth box

Rare Latin edition of the rules of the famous Order of the Golden Fleece The Latin trsl. most probably was the work of the Dutch Neolatin poet Nicolaus Grudius (Everardi, 1504-1570), who at that time was treasurer of the Order. There are four Latin editions of the Ordinances of the Golden Fleece, all without date or place of printing. ""L'édition de 1626 fut imprimée par B. Moretus pour compte du roi d'Espagne, à raison de 50 ex. en parchemin et de 25 en papier"" Ref. Bibl. Belg. I, p. 692 ; Brunet Supp. I:291 ; Van Praet V:161-162 ; Voet II, 1017 Provenance Ferdinand Andreas S.R.I Comes de Wiser (1677-1751)