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Satirical etching prints of the “Sun King” Louis XIV being terrified by the eclipse of 1706 May 12 near the turning point of the War of the Spanish Succession. The left image is a British satirical print often called “Conference Between Louis XIV, Madame de Maintenon, and Philip V of Spain” in Anonymous (1707, p. 442). This image is reproduced from BM Satire 1450, with courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum. The right image shows a Dutch satirical print in Arolsen Klebebände (Fürstlich Waldecksche Hofbibliothek, Arolsen, II 230 7, 1/2, v. 18, f. 107), provided with courtesy of Fürstlich Waldecksche Hofbibliothek (Arolsen) and Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg.

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