Festivals & Ceremonies

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A FUNERAL TO RIVAL THAT OF MICHELANGELO - THE FUNERAL PROCESSION AND OBSEQUIES FOR COSIMO I DE’ MEDICI

CINI, Giovanni Battista (1528-1586) attributed author
Descritione della pompa funerale fatta nelle essequie del Ser.mo Sig. Cosimo de’ Medici Gran Duca di Toscana nell’Alma Città di Firenze il giorno XVIJ di Maggio dell’Anno MDLXXIIII.

Florence, Giunti, 1574

$2,500.00

Quarto: 20.4 x 14.4 cm. [20] leaves. Signatures: A-E4.

This is a very rare first-hand account, commissioned by Francesco de’ Medici, of the elaborate ceremonies in Florence for the obsequies of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519-1584).  It includes minute descriptions of the elaborate funeral apparatus built for the occasion. Among those who managed the artistic aspects of the spectacle was Don Vincenzo Borghini, "one of the guiding spirits of the Accademia del Disegno, an adept inventor of allegorical themes for the Medici court", who worked together with Vasari on Michelangelo's funeral.

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Moreni, I, 321; Cat. Cavalieri, 148, nr. 721; Melzi, I, 285; Gamba, 2750; M. Schraven, Festive Funerals in Early Modern Italy: The Art and Culture of Conspicuous Commemoration. Visual Culture in Early Modernity, Farnham, 2014, p. 108 no. 42, and p. 279; M. Praz, Studies in Seventeenth-century Imagery, Roma, 1975, p. 551.

With the Folding Woodcut of the Envisioned Tomb

Du Bellay, Joachim (1522-1560)
Tumulus Henrici Secundi Gallorum regis christianiss. per Joach. Bellaium. Idem gallice totidem versibus expressum per eumdem. Accessit et ejusdem elegia ad illustriss. principem Carolum card. Lotharingum.

Paris: Frédéric Morel, 1559

$4,800.00

Quarto: 22 x 15 cm. [15] lvs. Collation: A-C4, D2

“Joachim Du Bellay has earned the epithet of ‘le poète du sépulcre’ because of his obsession with the image of the tomb.

“[T]he genre of occasional poetry known as the ‘Tombeau’ came into vogue in 1536 when the death of the Dauphin François de Valois occasioned a number of poetic tributes… According to the original conception of the genre, the ‘Tombeau’ is a  monument designed to protect its subject from oblivion and to confer on him immortal fame.

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USTC, 59077; Tchemerzine, V, 19; Barbier, 23

An Account of a Medici Funeral – With the Folding Plate of the Catafalque

FESTIVALS & FUNERALS. COSIMO III de’ MEDICI, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY (d. 1723); Del Riccio, Leonardo
Esequie dell'Altezza Reale del Serenissimo Cosimo III Granduca di Toscana celebrate in Firenze dall’ A.R. Del Serenissimo Gio: Gastone Granduca di Toscana descritte da Leonardo del Riccio.

Florence: nella Stamperia di S.A.R. Per li Tartini, e Franchi, 1725

$3,200.00

Quarto: 24 x 17.3 cm. [4], 23 pp. Collation: π2, A8, B6; ß8, ß ß 4. With an added engraved plate.

An account of the funeral ceremonies for Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 30 Oct. 1723). The ceremonies took place in the basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence on 16 May 1724.The volume offers us a comprehensive and minutely detailed description of the funeral honors and the decorations that had transformed the church of San Lorenzo. Chief among these was the catafalque built by the architect Alessandro Galilei.

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Moreni I, p. 15 (not mentioning the plate). Not in Berlin Katalog, Lipperheide, Ruggieri, Vinet or Cicognara.

The Sumptuous Illumination of Turin

FESTIVALS.
La Sontuosa Illuminazione della Città di Torino per l'Augusto Sposalizio delle Reali Maesta' di Carlo Emmanuele Re di Sardegna e di Elisabetta Teresa di Lorena.

Turin: Gio. Battista Chais, 1737

$15,000.00

Folio: 35.8 x 24 cm. Engraved frontis., XXXVII p., XVII p., 14 plates. (A-G2, A-D2, E1)

One of the most beautiful 18th c. Italian festival books and of the Piemontese Baroque. Both the festival and the book commemorating it occupied the combined efforts of some of the most important artists and architects of the period. The decorations of the buildings, the apparatus, the fireworks, and the machines were invented by the architects Borra, Massone, Piovani, Bernardi, Agliaudi, and Bernardo Vittone.

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Cicognara 1504. Vinet 600. Lipperheide 2761. Peyrot I, 151. Berlin 3072. Ruggieri 848. Watanabe 1545