Johan de Witt letters Dutch Holland 1724 splendid decorative leather bindingBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Books, Decorative Book Bindings, European History, Netherlands).
Brieven Feschreven ende gewisselt tusschen de Heer Johan de Witt.
Published 1724, The Hague by Hendrik Scheurleer.
926 pages. Text in Dutch.
Period full leather binding, raised bands, gilt compartment decorations, elaborate gilt cover decorations, marbled end papers.
Volume 5 of a larger set. This volume complete unto itself, being a series of letters compiled.
Item is physically old and shows some clear signs of handling and time. Item is not new or in "new" condition.
Front joint cracked, covers all but detached. Leather spine completely lacking (please see photos). Still remains overall attractive as an object, well worthy of a rebind due to the wonderful covers.
Splendid period [likely Dutch] full leather covers, raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, covers with elaborate and beautifully gilt designs, marbled end papers.
Odd volume, number five of a set, but the work is a compilation of letters so this volume contains all the letters he wrote from XX to ZZ, so contents complete unto themselves.
Interior shows some moderate to heavy old damp staining and foxing. Covers retain a handsome shelf appearance.
A collection of letters from Johan de Witt, the leader of the Netherlands from 1653-1672, the height of the Dutch Golden Era. Excellent source in a truly beautiful period ornate European leather binding.
As an aside it should be mentioned de Witt was lynched by a crowd mob and was then eaten by them!
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Book Measures c. 10 1/4" H x 8" W.