Decree of Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (1735-1806, ascension to the throne 1780, nephew of Frederick the Great) postponing this year’s opening of the hunt in agreement with similar Royal Prussian and Electoral Brunswick decrees “because of this year’s later ripeness of field crops” to September 12. Published Brunswick August 23, 1799. (1799.) 13⅞ × 16¾ in (35.3 × 42.5 cm). 1 page. With large woodcut initial. With the ducal signature printed together with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” stamp and that of C. v. Praun.
Framing-grandiose broadsheet determined for placarding
( “in the villages and else at the usual places and ends” )
of impeccable freshness of the paper, but the centerfold torn top and below, with the upper tear still including the second large opening line. Below, however, only the wide white margin in concerned. Both cases carefully repaired. – With large armorial watermark and further small figurative one. – Interesting the reference to especially Prussian decrees.
On Charles William Ferdinand see Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XV, 572 ff., in which P. Zimmermann especially honours both the artistic and reformative merits in regard of the close relations cultivated with Winckelmann in Rome and the appointment of later Prussian chancellor as Brunswick Privy Councillor (1782-90) as also of the generally outstanding military ones, to sum up already at the beginning on occasion of the voyage as hereditary prince to France in 1766: His appearance was royal adequate to the reputation of his house and its family connections.
The large V initial in the version of Lower Saxony’s horse with escutcheon placed below the princely hat with simultaneous omission of the additional small crown. Decrees between 1705 and 1749 traded here without the attributes princely hat, small crown + horse.
Of especially effective typography + with untrimmed wide margins .
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