The retelling of this journey is the most famous work of Royal chronister Joao Baptista Lavanha.
The reason was the king Felipe III's visit to Portugal, in 1619, by his own initiative and against the will of the State Council and of Castille council, accompanied by the Prince of Asturias (future Philippe IV).
This work is again an example of the usual visiting lists from Kings or important people to cities, an ideal occasion for all kinds of baroque brilliant displays.
Those are shown on beautiful prints.
The chronister offers, thus, a short geographic and historic introduction of those visited places, offering details about the Arch de Triomphe and other ephemeral architectural works built for receiving illustrious visitors.
The reception of Lisbon is highlighted where 14 Arch de triomphe were built, being on this occasion, a more detailed description, as that was the author's country of birth.
The text is complemented by an exceptional set of engravings made by Juan Schorquen, a Flemish engraver, who worked from 1618 to 1630 in Madrid, where thousand details concerning the Archs de Triomphe can be enjoyed. We must stress the amazing frontispiece.
This work was part of the great exhibition "Les Rois Bibliophiles" (The bibliophile Kings), which took part in the Bibliothéque Royal Albert I in Brussels and in the Biblioteca Nacional de España when Europalia took place in 1985.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Viage de la Catholica Real Magestad del Rei D. Filipe III N.S. al Reino de Portugal...": Viage de la Catholica Real Magestad del Rei D. Filipe III N. S. al Reino de Portugal i Relacion del Solene Recebimiento que en el se le Hizo facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2007