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Samuelis Liberi Baronis de Pufendorf De Rebus A Carolo Gustavo Sueciæ Rege Gestis Commentariorum Libri Septem Elegantissimis Tabulis Æneis Exornati Cum Triplici Indice.

Samuel von Pufendorf

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Caroli Gustavi Suecorum Gothorum et Vandalorum Regis Vita Et Res Gestæ
De Rebus A Carolo Gustavo Sueciæ Rege Gestis


Normibergæ: Sumptibus Christophori Riegelii. Literis Knorzianis., Anno M.DC.XCVI.

Physical Description

[10], 626, 53, [11] p., port., 110 dble. pl. (some fold., consisting of sheets pasted together): illus.; 348 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Both the portrait and one of the double plates carry the number 5. The portrait is placed differently in different copies.


[Half-t., add. engr. t.pl., t.p., dedic.] - In Historiam Caroli ... Descriptam Præfatur Godefridius Thomasius - [Text and plates (each of the seven books is preceded by a divisional t.p., 'Samuelis Liberi Baronis De Pufendorf Rerum ... Liber Primus (-Septimus)'] - [Div. t.p., 'Tractatus Præcipui Quorum in his Commentariis fit mentio'] - [Text] - Index Præcipuarum rerum hac Historia contentarum - Index Personarum ... - Informatio pro Bibliopegis &c.

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed as drawn by Erich Iönson Dahlberg(h), and as engraved by J. Boulanger, Willem Swidde, L. Cordier, Richer, F. de La Pointe, I. (Le) Potre (Pautre) (probably Jean Le Pautre), Noel Cochin, D. Perelle, I. Perelle, N. Perelle or A. Perelle.


Dahlberg's work is described in E. Ericsson and E. Vennberg, Erik Dahlbergh (1925).

Summary Note

The dates of 1688, 1689 or 1690 are carried by some plates engraved by Willem Swidde. The added engraved title-plate reads, 'Caroli Gustavi Suecorum Gothorum et Vandalorum Regis Vita Et Res Gestæ'.

One plate is a portrait of King Karl. Most show scenes of battle or fortresses; some are plans; one shows a banquet (pl. 75).


A microfilm version was published in 1969 (New Haven: Research Publications).


Purchased in 1868 (see 'Report on the Library', RA Annual Report for 1868, Appendix No. 6, p. 32). The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart R.A., librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

The plates are not pasted in in strict numeric order.

Binding Note

17th-century calf; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Pufendorf De Rebus A Carolo Gustavo Sueciæ Rege Gestis'.

Name as Subject


Rulers - Monarchs - Sweden - History - 17th century
Sweden - Foreign relations - Wars - Siege warfare - Fortification - Battles - Naval battles - Poland - Denmark - 17th century
Biography - Views - Plans - Germany - 17th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 17th century