- One text leaf w. tear in upper margin, just touching text; the second half of the book has a faint waterstain in lower blank margin. Small restoration in upper margin frontcover. Otherwise a fine copy.
= Unique copy with 5-line AUTOGRAPH SIGNED DEDICATION on verso first free endpaper: "Ornatissimo, doctissimo, humanissimoq. Viro Juveni D. Johanni Helmont J.[uris] U.[triusque] candidato, ob virtutem, & doctrinam mihi impense dilecto, affectus & benevolentiae testandae ergo libeus meritoq. offero et dono Caspar Barlaeus". The dedicatee Johan Helmont can not with absolute certainty be identified as Jan Baptiste van Helmont (born in 1577 and, like Caspar Barlaeus, a doctor of medicine), the reason being that Barlaeus refers to him in his dedication as a young man ("Juvenus"). In any case, autographs by Caspar Barlaeus are extremely rare (no autographs by Barlaeus traced in JAP 1990-2018), and an autograph dedication in a rarely found complete copy of this beautiful Dutch Royal Entry Book on the visit to Amsterdam in 1637 by the Queen Dowager, Maria de Medici, makes this without doubt a unique copy. Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 108; Snoep, Praal en propaganda p.39-76; Kat. Berlin Orn. 2949; Hollstein XIV, 86-94 and XXIV, a-h; F.M. 1793. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXVIII.