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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 257

    MILAN 1658 -- Le pubbliche dimostrazioni di alle grezza della Citta di Milano alli 10 Febraio, e 6 Marzo dell'anno 1658. Nella nascita del Serenissimo Principe di Spagna Filippo Prospero. Milan: R.D. Corte for Giulio Cesare Malatesta, [ca 1659].

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    MILAN 1658 -- Le pubbliche dimostrazioni di alle grezza della Citta di Milano alli 10 Febraio, e 6 Marzo dell'anno 1658. Nella nascita del Serenissimo Principe di Spagna Filippo Prospero. Milan: R.D. Corte for Giulio Cesare Malatesta, [ca 1659].

    2o (335 x 215 mm). Engraved coat-of-arms of Milan on title-page, one engraved folding plate, and 27 engraved emblems in text, by FEDERICO AGNELLI. Modern quarter morocco (light wear along edges).

    The birth of PHILIP PROSPERO of Spain (b.1657), Prince of Asturias to Philip IV, King of Spain and his wife Maria Anna, the first son born to the couple and the presumable heir to the Spanish throne was a cause for much celebration. Festivities in Milan in February and March of 1658 marked the occasion and included tournaments and fireworks, and the city's public squares and buildings were elaborately decorated with statuary and draped in tapestries. Descriptions explaining the significance of the 27 engraved emblems are included in the text and the allegorical monument erected in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan is illustrated in the engraved plate by Agnelli. Unfortunately, the young prince would never become king, dying in 1661 at the age of four.


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