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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 335

    PALMA DE MALLORCA 1689 -- Memorias funerals que en reales lutos dedico a las honras de la Serenissima Sra. D. Maria Luisa de Borbon Reyna de España 8. de Agosto de 1689. Palma de Mallorca: Imprenta de Pedro Frau, [1689].

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    PALMA DE MALLORCA 1689 -- Memorias funerals que en reales lutos dedico a las honras de la Serenissima Sra. D. Maria Luisa de Borbon Reyna de España 8. de Agosto de 1689. Palma de Mallorca: Imprenta de Pedro Frau, [1689].

    4o (206 x 150 mm). Title within ornamental border. One engraved folding plate. (Title-page and first few leaves with minor marginal worming not affecting text.) Contemporary limp vellum, ties.

    The funeral services for MARIE LOUISE D'ORLéANS (1662-1689), Queen Consort of Spain, were held at the Cathedral in Mallorca on 8 August 1689. This work contains an account of the funeral and includes the text of the funeral orations delivered by the Canon of Mallorca, MIGUEL DE SERRALTA as well as epigrams in Castillian and Latin. The engraved plate shows the catafalque erected for the young queen, decorated with the royal arms and with Death standing at the top above a royal crown. It was well-known throughout the court of Spain that Marie-Louise was unhappy in her adopted country and in her marriage to Charles II, even though he was very much in love with her. Her sudden death at age twenty-seven nonetheless came as a great shock. While rumors circulated that she had been poisoned because of her inability of have children, it's most likely that the Queen died from appendicitis. Palau 310229.


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