Asserting the Church and Crown in Bohemia [Bohemia]. Ferdinand II [1578-1637], Holy Roman Emperor. Der Rom. Kay. Auch zu Hungarn und Bohaimb [Et]c. Koniglichen Majestat, Ferdinandi dess Andern [et]c. Vernewerte Landes Ordnung Deroselben Erbkonigreichs Bohaimb. Auff der Jetzt Regierenden Kay. und Konigl. May. Ferdinandi dess Dritten [et]c. Allergnadigsten Befehl von Newem Auffgelegt und mit Unterschiedlichen Declaratorien und Novellen Vermehret. [Vienna: Gedruckt bey Mariae Formick, 1640]. [viii], 551, [vi], 131,  pp. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination. Folio (11" x 7"). Contemporary speckled calf, varnished, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, speckled edges, (later?) marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints just starting at ends, corners bumped. Title pages, with large copperplate arms of the Holy Roman Empire, printed in red and black, large arms copperplate arms of Bohemia to versos, woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few laves, edges of title pages trimmed closely with minor loss, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. $950. * Fourth edition. Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II, a Habsburg, ruled the Kingdom of Bohemia. A document of the Thirty Years War [1618-1648], his Vernewerte Landes Ordnung (Revised Land Ordinance) for Bohemia, enacted in 1627, aimed to consolidate his power and suppress Protestantism, which was spreading though parts of that kingdom. Among other measures, it deprived the Bohemian estates of their military rights, placed all schools under Jesuit control and made Catholicism the kingdom's only legal religion. Due in part to his aggressive stance, Bohemia witnessed some of the most brutal battles of the war. Ferdinand, who died in 1637, was able to pass the kingdom to his heir, but the land and its crown were greatly diminished. Editions of the Vernewerte Landes Ordnung were published in 1627, 1628, 1638, 1640, 1714 and 1753. All are scarce. OCLC locates 2 copies of the 1640 edition in North American law schools (University of Michigan, Yale). Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 17. Jahrhunderts 12:656896L.
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