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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 302

    NAPLES 1738 -- SAN FELICE, Ferdinando. Breve ragguaglio della rinomata fiera celebrò nel mese di Luglio dell'anno 1738 in occasion del real maritaggio del nostro D. Carlo Borbone. Naples: Francesco Ricciardo, [1738].

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    NAPLES 1738 -- SAN FELICE, Ferdinando. Breve ragguaglio della rinomata fiera celebrò nel mese di Luglio dell'anno 1738 in occasion del real maritaggio del nostro D. Carlo Borbone. Naples: Francesco Ricciardo, [1738].

    2o (319 x 230 mm). 8 engraved plates (6 double-page) by FRANCESCO CEPPARULO, J. DONADEUS, FERDINANDO STRINA, and BARTHOLOMEUS DE GRADO, some after designs by FERDINANDO SAN FELICE (some occasional staining and light soiling, some wormholes along margins repaired). (Title-page repaired along upper margin not affecting text, some minor marginal worming.) Contemporary vellum (some minor staining).

    A narrative describing the celebration surrounding the marriage of CHARLES VII, King of Naples and Sicily, later King of Spain, to MARIA AMALIA of Saxony (1724-1760) in July 1738. The two were married by proxy in Dresden, home of the 14-year old Maria, who then traveled through Italy to meet her husband for the first time in Naples and attend her wedding celebration. The plates illustrate the numerous porticoes, obelisks, and fountains erected in the couple's honor. Watanabe 612.


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