VENICE 1610 -- FRANCO, Giacomo. Habiti d'huomini et Donne Venetiane con la processione della Ser.ma Signoria et altri Particolari cioè Trionfi Feste et Cerimonie Publiche della nobilissima città di Venetia. - La città di Venetia con l'Origine e governo di quella. Venice: Antonio Turini: Ad instanze di Giacomo Franco, .
Two parts in one, 2o (296 x 203 mm). Part I: Letterpress dedication leaf. Engraved title with bird's-eye view of Venice within an architectural cartouche, surmounted by a view of the Rialto Bridge, 25 engravings, including two double-page and one with overslip cut round and mounted on verso of another. (Letterpress dedication leaf mounted.) Part II: Letterpress dedication, six leaves. Title-page with engraved vignette topographical view of Venice, 17 engraved plates, one folding, being portraits of Doges and their wives, gondolas on the canals, architecture, etc. 19th-century red quarter morocco, arms on cover (some rubbing to joints). Provenance: William Stirling-Maxwell (binding, bookplate, 12-page manuscript notes bound in at beginning, a lengthy study of the plates in this book).
An exceedingly fine series of plates, and one of the finest early works on Venice. The book shows, with extraordinary detail, the various festivities, processions and past-times of the city, as well as great moments in its history, including the 1571 Armada against the Turks. "This suite is of greatest interest for the Venetian costumes worn during the glory of that city. Today it is much sought-after owing to its extreme rarity" (Vinet). It is a notoriously difficult work bibliographically, as attested by William Stirling's lengthy notes on the plates in this copy. He has also inserted blank leaves to mark the places where plates are known to exist in other copies, though not present here. Cicognara provides a complete list of all the known plates in Delle Inscizioni Veneziane, vol. V, pp.437-442. The present copy includes the standard number of plates in each part recorded in most copies: 25 in the first part and 16 in the later, to which a portrait is added in this copy. Brunet II:1378; Cicognara 1654; Colas 1108-09; Graesse II:628; Lipperheide Jba 10; Vinet 2291.