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Komste Van Zyne Majesteit Willem III. Koning Van Groot Britanje, enz. In Holland; Ofte Omstandelyke Beschryving van alles, het welke op des zelfs komste en geduurende Zyn verblyf, in's Graavenhaage en elders, ten teeken van vreugde en eere, is opgerecht en voorgevallen. Vercierd Met Kopere Plaaten.

Govard Bidloo

RA Collection: Book

Record number




In's Graavenhaage,: By Arnoud Leers, Boekverkooper,, MDCXCI. Met Octroy van d'Eed: Groot Moog: Heeren Staten van Holland en Westvriesland.

Physical Description

[10], 127, [1] p., add. engr. t.pl., [15] pl. (eleven dble.); 384 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

The fifteen unnumbered plates are listed in the 'Aanwijzinge om de Prenten te plaatsen', with their adjacent page-numbers. That which is listed as to face p. 47 has been bound in facing p. 57 in the Royal Academy's copy.


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p., dedic.] - Aan Den Lézer - Octroy; Aanwijzinge om de Prenten te plaatsen - [Text with pl.].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed.

The added engraved title-plate carries the imprint, 'In den Haegh by Arnouts Leers 1691'.

The work is dedicated by G. Bidloo 'Aan de Eedele Moogende Heeren, Gecommitteerde Raaden Van Haar Eedele Groot-Moogendheeden De Heeren Staaten Van Holland En Westfriesland'.


J. Landwehr, Splendid ceremonies: state entries and royal funerals in the Low Countries (1971). A Europe-wide survey was B. Holme, Princely feasts and festivals: five centuries of pageantry (1988).

Summary Note

The added engraved title-plate incorporates a portrait of William III. The plates, captioned in Dutch and French, show: (at p. 19) the king's arrival at Honslerdyk; (p.21) his reception at the Court; (p.31) his reception at Westender bridge; (p.33) Town Hall illuminations; (p.35) triumphal arch in the market-place; (p. 47) triumphal arch in the square; (p.51) paintings on the arch in the square; (p.59) the king's entry under the triumphal arch at the Court; (p. 61, 63, 75, 81) the arch and its decorations; (p.89, 91) fireworks by the Vyver.


The front pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'Dirk Krüyff [?] Anno 1796 De 12 Januarvreij [?] Voor de Prijs van 1 gulder'.
Purchased for RA Library in 1869 (see 'Library Report for the year 1869', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 6, p. 27).

Binding Note

17th-century white vellum; unlettered.

Name as Subject


Ceremonies - Pageants - Processions - Celebrations - Fireworks - Netherlands - Hague - History - 17th century
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public Relations - Netherlands - 17th century
Triumphal arches - Temporary structures - Netherlands - 17th century - Baroque
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 17th century


Arnout Leers, bookseller
Dirk Kruyff, previous owner
Romeyn de Hooghe, etcher

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