Der Nederlandsche historien by P.C. Hooft


Der Nederlandsche historien sedert de ooverdraght der heerschappye van Kaizar Kaarel den Vyfden op koning Philips zynen zoon, tot de doodt des Prinsen van Oranje. Met het Vervolgh tot het einde der Landtvooghdye des Graaven van Leicester. By P.C. Hooft. Dutch, third edition from 1677 by Johan van Someren, Abraham Wolfgangk. Hendrik and Dirk boom in Amsterdam. The book is contemporary leather bound and in good condition. Dimensions 33 x 22 cm(folio)  total 1587 pages. It contains 20 copper engravings, 1 title engraving (full page) 12 portraits of the main protagonists (full page per portrait). 7 engravings on 2 pages: The Inquisition, The Siege of Alkmaar, The Relief of Leusden, The Siege of Woerden, The journey of the Spaniards through the water to Duyvelant and Schouwen, The Vredenburg castle in Utrecht and Parma’s ship bridge across the Scheldt river.

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Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (16 March 1581 in Amsterdam – 21 May 1647 in The Hague) – Knight in the Order of Saint Michael – was a Dutch historian, poet and playwright from the period known as the Dutch Golden Age. Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, often abbreviated to P.C. Hooft, was born in Amsterdam as the son of the then mayor, Cornelis Hooft. Hooft was also the uncle of Cornelis and Andries de Graeff. In 1598, his father sent him to France and Italy in order to get prepared for a career as merchant. However, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft was more interested in art. In particular, he was deeply impressed by the Italian renaissance. In 1609, he was appointed bailiff of Muiden and the Gooiland. He founded the Muiderkring, a literary society located at his home, the Muiderslot, the castle of Muiden, in which he got to live due to his appointment as sheriff of Muiden. Among the members were the poets and playwrights Constantijn Huygens, Maria Tesselschade, G.A. Bredero and Joost van den Vondel, as well as the Portuguese singer Francisca Duarte. Hooft, Bredero, and Vondel were also founders of the First Nederduytsche Academy. Hooft was a prolific writer of plays, poems and letters, but he concentrated from 1628 onwards on writing his history of the Netherlands (Nederlandsche Historiën), inspired by Roman historian Tacitus. His focus was primarily on the Eighty Years’ War between the Netherlands and Spain.


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