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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 262

    MILAN 1700 -- Il gran piano Esequie celebrate alla Maestà di Carlo Secondo Dall'Insigne Congregazione dell'Entierro Nella Chiesa di S. Fedele della Compagnia di Gesù in Milano a S.A. il Sig. Principe di Va Vaudemont Governatore, e Capitan Generale in questo Stato. Milan: Heirs of Filippo Ghisolfi, 1701.

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    MILAN 1700 -- Il gran piano Esequie celebrate alla Maestà di Carlo Secondo Dall'Insigne Congregazione dell'Entierro Nella Chiesa di S. Fedele della Compagnia di Gesù in Milano a S.A. il Sig. Principe di Va Vaudemont Governatore, e Capitan Generale in questo Stato. Milan: Heirs of Filippo Ghisolfi, 1701.

    4o (223 x 175 mm). Engraved title and two folding plates by G. ABBIATI. Contemporary Italian plain paper wrappers.

    FIRST EDITION. The obsequies of CHARLES II, the last Habsburg King of Spain and ruler of nearly all of Italy, was organized under Prince Charles Henry de Lorraine-Vaudemont, governor of Milan from 1698. After Charles II died, hewas replaced by Louis XIV's grandson, Philip, duc de Anjou, triggering the War of Spanish Succession in which the territory around Milan was one of the major battlefields. Prince Charles Henry first accepted the new king as sovereign of Lombardy, but he was not trusted: Saint Simon suggests he passed on military information to the enemy. It is a fact that his son, Charles, was an Austrian commander. Palau 62456.


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