[France] [Henry of Guise.]
Engraving with large margins. 425 x 295mm (16¾ x 7¾").
Henry, Prince of Joinville, Duke of Guise, Count of Eu (1550-88). He helped plan the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572 and in 1576 he founded the Catholic League to prevent the heir, King Henry of Navarre, head of the Huguenot movement, from succeeding to the French throne. Having earned the emnity of Catherine de' Medici, he was assassinated by the bodyguards of her son, King Henry III. He is shown in armour within an alcove with superb architectural details, a strap-work cartouche for a title left blank. On the reverse is a German-text biography relating to another portrait, within an ornate woodcut frame. Published in Jacob Schrenck von Notzing's 'Der aller Durchleuchtigisten und Grossmächtigen Kayser, Durchleuchtigisten unnd Großmächtigen Königen'.
[Ref: 32661] £220.00