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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 236

    MADRID 1666 -- RODRIGUEZ DE MONFORTE, Pedro. Descripcion de las honras quese hicieron a la Catholica Magd. De D. Phelippe quarto... que de horden de la Reyna... dispuso D. Baltasar Barroso de Ribeira, Marques de Malpica. Madrid: Francisco Nieto, 1666.

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    MADRID 1666 -- RODRIGUEZ DE MONFORTE, Pedro. Descripcion de las honras quese hicieron a la Catholica Magd. De D. Phelippe quarto... que de horden de la Reyna... dispuso D. Baltasar Barroso de Ribeira, Marques de Malpica. Madrid: Francisco Nieto, 1666.

    4o (228 x 165 mm). Engraved title by PEDRO VILLAFRANCA, 49 plates (4 folding, 41 of emblems) and 9 engraved vignettes (title shaved slightly at head and foot, folding plates with some splits along folds, a few short tears). (A few intermittent stains.) Contemporary limp vellum.

    A superbly illustrated description of the funeral for PHILIP IV (1605-1665), King of Spain, which included the magnificent funerary catafalques constructed on the desgins of SEBASTIÁN HERRERA BARNUEVO at the Convento de la Encarnación in Madrid. The King's body was dressed in a musk-coloured velvet suit, embroidered with silver, with a silver sword by his side and a diamond cross in his hands. It was enclosed in silver and red velvet coffins and placed high upon a dais under a canopy illuminated by great wax torches, surrounded with the insignia of imperial majesty and guarded by the halberdiers of Espinosa. Seven altars and scores of lighted tapers were erected in the chamber, and masses for the King's soul were ceaselessly offered. But when the time came for the burial in the Escorial few of the high nobles and officers cared to absent themselves from Madrid and even the bearing of the body to the mule litter gave rise to a hot dispute. The engraved title and one of the folding plates are signed by Pedro Villafranca, one of the leading Spanish engravers of the period. The other plates, though unsigned, appear to be Villafranca's work as well. They include 41 plates of emblems, 4 plates of coats-of-arms, a folding engraved portrait of Philip IV surrounded by grieving allegorical figures, a folding plan of the church, a folding plate of Philip's name and anagrammatic verse and a plate of the catafalque. Folios 72v through 80v have small engraved coats-of-arms of nince provinces, military orders, etc. Berlin 3280; Campa SV, pp.71-2; Drugulin 2664; El Libro de arte de España 75 (calling for 11 preliminary leaves, incl. the engraved title, contents as here); Palau 274588; Praz I:475-76; Ruggieri 1032; Salvá 2145; Vinet 563 (varying collation).


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