Rare 1734 Edition -- Celebrating the Marriage of William IV of Orange to Anne, Princess Royal
Rare engraved family tree of the House of Orange-Nassau, published in Amsterdam.
The image shows the members of the House of Orange-Nassau who ruled in the Netherlands, ending at the top in the crowned coat of arms of Prince William IV. On the left the extinct line ending with stadtholder-king Willem III, on the right the Frisian branch with Johan Willem Friso and Willem IV.
Central to the story of the origin of the Republic with the arms of the seven provinces.
First issued in 1733, this example would seem to have been expanded to include a bottom row of medallions, celebrating the marriage of Anne, Princess Royal and William IV, Prince of Orange in the Spring of 1734 at the Royal Chapel of St James.
The Ottens brothers, Reiner and Joshua, operated a successful printing partnership in the mid-eighteenth century (fl. 1726-1765). They began the venture in 1726, publishing maps and other prints as “R & I Ottens.” They specialized in the reprinting of others’ work, especially Guillaume De L’Isle. In 1750, Reiner died; his soon, also Reiner, took his place, but the firm began listing their works as “Joshua & Reiner Ottens.” The firm lasted until Joshua’s death in 1765. Joshua’s widow, Johanna de Lindt, sold their remaining stock of plates in 1784.