Bruxeelis (Brussels): Balthazaris Vivien, 1668. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (14 1/4 x 9").  leaf (Frontispiece), pp, 586, pp. (Vol. 1); , 174, pp. (Vol. 2). Modern half dark brown calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. Allegorical frontispiece engraved by Pieter Danoot after Er. Quellinius (Erasmus Quellin). Engraved vignette on title. Title page in red and black lettering. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
First edition of this remarkable work on the Belgian nobility, its history and legislation, splendidly illustrated throughout with 126 in-text engravings of armorial shields, including 14 double-leaved plates of coats of arms, and 5 full-page engravings depicting dignitaries fully dressed in the costume of their order.
Binding partly rubbed along spine. Contemporary previous owner's inscription in ink on half-title and at upper margin of frontispiece (not affecting the image). Sporadic age-toning and foxing throughout. Some closed tears at verso of six double-leaved plates were repaired with tape. Minor and sporadic previous owner's underlining in blue ink throughout. Fore-edge of a few pages in second part are partly water-stained (never affecting lettering). Text in Latin, with some French. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #42902
About the author: Jean-Baptiste Christyn (1622-1690), baron of Meerbeek, was a jurist and diplomat in the Spanish Netherlands, and Chancellor of Brabant from 1687 to 1690.