12 June 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 750
Estimate USD 1,200 - USD 1,800
PARMA 1721 -- Macchine per festa di fuochi, Fatte erigere sulla Piazza di Parma per la gloriosa esaltazione al pontificato di sua Santità Innocenzo Decimoterzo. Parma: Stampería di S.A.S., 1721.
8o (207 x 155 mm; margins extended to form a larger quarto volume, 273 x 208 mm). 3 large folding engraved plates by G. PINI after C. RUTA (two with some pale offsetting from the text). (First gathering coming loose.) 19th-century Italian morocco gilt.
Upon the election of POPE INNOCENT XIII (Michelangelo Conti), a large fireworks display was held at Parma. The three large folding plates show the "machine" constructed for the event. Lotz, p.111.
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