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69 5794 Caricature Englischer Bickelhering/ jetzo ein vornehmer Eysenhändeler/ mit Axt/ Beyl/ Bartengen Prage Jubilierende
69/5794 [Caricature]. "Englischer Bickelhering/ jetzo ein vornehmer Eysenhändeler/ mit Axt/ Beyl/ Bartengen Prage Jubilierende". Broadside, 1621, 37x28,5 cm., letterpress text in 3 columns, w. central engraving (18,5x12,8 cm.) showing the character of Pickelhering carrying a bag of axes, mounted on stiff paper.

- Margins cut short; a few sm. closed tears; left upper and lower corner dam.

= The engraving shows the character of Pickelhering, a standard comic figure in performances given in Germany by English travelling players, known as "Englische Comödianten". This broadside is a mocking caricature on the British and Dutch voluntary military forces that came to the aid of the Calvinists in Bohemia at the start of the Bohemian Revolt. Pickelhering is unaware of the latest events in Bohemia, the defeat and flight of Frederick V after the Battle of White Mountain. Expecting to make large profits (i.e. winning the battle) from selling axes to the Calvinists in Prague and being greedy, he is struggling with a far too heavy load to Prague. The chronogram in the title reads 1621. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVIII.

€ (200-300) 325