From Munich State Library: 'Beschreibung der historischen und allegorischen Personen der acht Inventionen zum Ringelrennen in den Aufzügen gehalten 1596 anläßlich der Taufe der Prinzessin Elisabeth von Hessen' [BSB Cod.icon. 340]
The work is approximately 150 pages long. I have posted less than a quarter of the illustrations. Each of the ten or so chapters is prefaced by a titlepage, as seen in the final image above. The chapter divisions commence each time with a few pages of beautifully written text. Otherwise there is an illustration on virtually every other page.
This outstandingly eccentric watercolour album portrays the festival held in honour of the baptism of Princess Elizabeth of Hessen in 1596. Mythological and historical figures, virtues, muses and planets are personified through the participants involved in the parade.
I've seen this allegorical style of presentation in festival books before. I'm never sure how much of the artist's display corresponds to an actual role-playing and costume-wearing theatrical parade during a festival and how much belongs to artistic license and court propaganda. Obviously the outlandish elements we see above fall within the latter categories; the album(s) being presumably forwarded to peers in other royal courts to dazzle and impress.
"The festival book is an artistic product, a literary work which can be read in its own right. We should marvel at it in the same way we marvel at a painting. As such it forms part of the festival rather than being simply an account of it." [Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly]
There is some commentary (in German) about this album [which was produced in ~1600, incidentally] at the Munich BSB site. [The online translation doesn't really do it justice.]