With a folding engraving of the funeral procession

CEREMONIES. CLEMENT XIII, POPE [Carlo della Torre di Rezzonico] (reg. 1758-1769)

Relazione delle funzioni e di quanto piu notabile si pratica dopo la morte del Sommo Pontefice accaduta il dì 2 febbraro 1769, d'Anni 75. Mesi 10. Gior. 6.. Sino all'ingresso dell'Eminentissimi, e Reverendissimi Signori Cardinali nel Conclave, dove si da notizia delle cerimonie nella ricognizione del cadavere pontificio, del suo trasporto ed esposizione nella basilica Vaticana, e del suo sotterramento, come ancora di tutte le altre funzioni, e congregazioni, che consecutivamente si fanno per nove giorni nella medesima basilica.

Rome: Per Angelo Maria Ansillioni presso la Porticella della Maddalena : Si vendono da Giovanni Bartolomicchi libraro al corso, 1769


Quarto: 21 x 15 cm. [4]p. With an added folding engraving (measuring 28.5 x 21 cm.)


Bound in modern wrappers. A fine copy on sturdy paper. Extremely rare. Only a handful of copies are held outside of Italy. There are no copies in North America.

A rare relation of the obsequies for Pope Clement XIII. The engraving depicts the funeral procession as it winds its way from the Lateran Palace toward Saint Peter's. 

The narrator describes the events that took place over twelve days, beginning on the day of Clement's death. Twenty-four hours after his demise, the Pope's body was autopsied by the pontifical surgeon, and the organs transported in an urn to the Church of SS. Vicenzo e Anastastio. The embalmed corpse, dressed in a cassock of white wool, was kept in the pontifical palace, flanked by four candles and watched over by members of the Swiss Guard. 

The procession from the Lateran to St. Peter's took place that evening, with cavalrymen riding ahead to clear a path through the crush of spectators. The hearse was accompanied by cavalry and foot soldiers (with horses drawing cannons), members of the College of Cardinals, the Swiss Guard, etc. The already highly-detailed engraving is enlivened by the text, in which are described the materials and colors of the clothing worn by the deceased pope and those in the procession, as well as minute details of the armaments and musical instruments.

The account closes with the final mass and the procession of cardinals into the conclave to choose the next pope on the twelfth day.

Rossetti 3970. Fagiolo, Corpus delle feste a Roma II, pp. 188 ff.