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    Sale 2178

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

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 429

    ROME 1708 -- DE BELLEBAT, M. Relation du voyage de Monseigneur André de Mello de Castro a la cour de Rome, Enqualité de envoye extraordinaire du Roi de Portugal Dom Jean V. aupres de S Santeté Clement XI. Paris: Amisson, 1709.

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    ROME 1708 -- DE BELLEBAT, M. Relation du voyage de Monseigneur André de Mello de Castro a la cour de Rome, Enqualité de envoye extraordinaire du Roi de Portugal Dom Jean V. aupres de S Santeté Clement XI. Paris: Amisson, 1709.

    2o (408 x 272 mm). Latin and Italian text in double column. Portrait of the King and 10 engraved plates by GIOVANNI BATTISTA SINTES after PIETRO ZERMAN, ONE PRINTED IN SEPIA AND FIVE PRINTED IN BLUE, engraved head-piece (one cropped). Contemporary vellum gilt (some wear and losses, endpapers renewed).

    A fine and special copy, with six plates printed in color: the three armorial plates (one in sepia and two in blue) and three in blue of the seven magnificent baroque carriages. ANDRE DE MELLO DE CASTRO had been named envoy by Portuguese King Pedro II, and after his death, King Juan V sent de Mello to Rome as his representative. Mello had left on his voyage on 4 October 1707. The work describes the elaborate entry and festivities that were held for de Mello's visit. Berlin 1409 (3 plates only).


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