Combat A La Barriere, Faict En Covr De Lorraine Le 14. Febvrier, En L’année presente 1627. Henri HUMBERT.
Combat A La Barriere, Faict En Covr De Lorraine Le 14. Febvrier, En L’année presente 1627.
Combat A La Barriere, Faict En Covr De Lorraine Le 14. Febvrier, En L’année presente 1627.
CALLOT ORGANIZED & DESIGNED THE EVENT

Combat A La Barriere, Faict En Covr De Lorraine Le 14. Febvrier, En L’année presente 1627.

Nancy, Sebastien Philippe [1627].

4to (205 x 155 mm.). Etched allegorical frontispiece with the arms of the dedicatee above a quatrain in a gristlework cartouche, [v], 58, [1]p. and NINE FOLDING ETCHED FESTIVAL PLATES BY JACQUES CALLOT, etched text headpiece (p. 53).

Late 17th-century sprinkled calf, spine and red morocco label gilt, marbled endleaves, edges marbled red and black.

Only Edition. “Callot’s etchings of this fête are brilliant…one of the most beautiful of his series of book illustrations” (Bechtel). To realize this magnificent entertainment, Callot (?1592-1635) collaborated with the painter Claude Deruet (1588-1660). Callot “wielded the fires of heaven and earth…caused devils and divinities of all ranks to arise successively, mingled ancient heroes with allegorical and modern characters, and created for a few hours a world of phantasmagoria and dreams” (Leblanc, tr.). Processions of fighters with hellish marching bands of demons entered and circled the arena one by one, alternating with floats of sea monsters, dragons and mythological figures carrying nobles, singers and musicians. It was part medieval tournament, part ballet-opera and part deadly combat. It is his last festival book.
            Charles IV Duke of Lorraine staged this extravagant carnival entertainment in the vast Salle neuve in his Nancy residence to welcome his cousin, the wealthy, beautiful, clever and recently exiled political conspirator, Marie de Rohan, Duchess of Chevreuse (1600-79), to whom Callot penned the book’s dedication. Humbert, the blind poet, wrote the descriptions and verse based on conversations with the artists and artisans, who built and decorated the cars and draped the hall that seated thousands with tapestries, emblems and paintings. Both the Getty and Pierpont Morgan copies are defective.
            In excellent condition with a four-leaf 18th-century manuscript summary of the event sewn with a rose silk ribbon; the third plate in first state, the corrected bras armé, crowned c with the cross of Lorraine and lion and star watermarks (Lieure nos. 29 & 38); from the library of bibliophile Dominique-Martin Méon (Catalogue (1803) 1188) with his manuscript shelf mark 1514, 19th-century lithographed bookplate of politician François Mansuy Thiry (1765-1854).
¶Lieure, Jacques Callot Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre gravé 575-584 & 588; Bechtel, Jacques Callot 26 & figg. 139-41; Leblanc, “Henri Humbert poète lorrain” in Bibliothèque de l’humanisme et de la Renaissance 18 (1956) 46-67; McGowan, “Le Contexte politique et culturel du carrousel de 1627” in Jacques Callot (1592-1635) Actes du colloque…Musée du Louvre et la Ville de Nancy… 25-27.VI.1992 ed. Ternois (1993) 331-56; Russell, Jacques Callot Prints & Related Drawings. Exhibition 1975 (1975) 78-9 & nos. 115-124; Bruwaert, Vie de Jacques Callot graveur lorrain 111-12; BN IFF du graveurs du XVIIe siècle II: 217,575-84 & 588.
The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. A Catalog 1381; Ruggieri, Catalogue (1873) 443; Vinet, Bibliographie méthodique et raisonnée des beaux-arts 544; Watanabe-O’Kelly & Simon, Festivals and Ceremonies A Bibliography 2311; Cioranescu 35812.

Item #11407

Price: $24,500.00