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Artikeln des Allgemeinen Landtags Schlusses.

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Artikeln des Allgemeinen Landtags Schlusses, so auff dem Königl. Prager-Schlosse... Decembris, im 1685. Jahre gehalten und den 10 Junii, im 1686.... von allen Vier Ständen dieses Königreiches Böhmen geschlossen worden.

Woodcut arms on the recto and verso of the title and engraved arms on pp. [xxxiv] and [xxxv].

Small 4to. [195 x 152 x 11 mm]. [1]f, xxxii, [iv] pp. Contemporary binding of vellum over thin boards, the covers blocked in gilt (gold alloy) to an all-over design with various arms and supporters, birds, amongst foliage, with a cartouche at the centre, containing on the front cover the double-headed Imperial eagle and on the rear a rampant lion. Smooth spine, plain endleaves, gilt edges. (The gold oxidised, remains of two of the original yellow silk ties). Contained within a modern blue cloth drop-over box, lettered down the spine on a black goatskin label.
Prague: 1686.

A copy of the officially published resolutions of the 1685-1686 session of the Bohemian legislative body, the Zemsky snem. The British Library has a collection of 41 such publications, the first two dated 1683 and 1694 and the rest being eighteenth century. The Library of Congress has 26 publications dating from 1721 to 1822.

This is a fine copy in what must be the official binding. One large and rather crowded block was used for both covers, with the central cartouche separately tooled. The block appears to have been slightly damaged at some stage, as seen in the break in the border on the left-hand side. The gold alloy has oxidised, as is so often the case on these vellum bindings.

Stock no. ebc2066

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