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Funeral Procession of Emperor Charles V Facsimile Edition

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Today kept at the National Library of Spain, the Funeral Procession of Emperor Charles V is a magnificent work that depicts the procession in Brussels after Emperor Charles V's death. This French version, second edition A, features forty-one engravings created by Johan and Lucas Doetechum, edited by Christophe Plantin in Antwerp in 1559, and restored and colored by contemporary specialists from Germany.

The procession, which took place in Brussels in December 1558 after Charles V's death, was a grand event attended by many notable individuals, including Philip II. The procession consisted of characters in mourning, carrying flags and coats of arms. The funeral procession was led by the allegorical figures of the virtues Hope, Faith, and Charity, around an empty throne in memory of the deceased emperor. The ship of Victory, which was the most outstanding element of the funeral procession, was driven by monstrous figures of sea elephants and dragged the columns of Hercules.

There are eight editions of this work, the first five published in Antwerp by Plantino and Cock, with thirty-four prints, followed by the sixth edition published by Hondius in The Hague, adding three prints of the "Dance of Death." The seventh and eighth editions were published in The Hague and Antwerp by Hondius and Hendricx, respectively.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Funeral Procession of Emperor Charles V": Procesión fúnebre en honor de Carlos V facsimile edition, published by Piaf, 2023

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Procesión fúnebre en honor de Carlos V

Madrid: Piaf, 2023

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 400 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Funeral Procession of Emperor Charles V: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile and commentary volume issued in a protective case.


Black velvet over wood with metal coat of arms and corners.

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