12 June 2009
BOLOGNA 1600 -- ZOPPIO, Melchiore. La montagna circea torneamento Nel passaggio della Sereniss. Duchessa Donna Margherita Aldobrandina sposa del Sereniss. Ranuccio Farnese Duca di Parma, e Piacenza. Bologna: heirs of Giovanni Rossi, 1600.
4o (194 x 141 mm). Folding woodcut plate, the central stage cut out as issued allowing for three woodcuts mounted on sheets tipped on to the verso to change the scenes, etching of a rhinoceros on N2v (backing replaced). (Title somewhat stained, marginal repairs to last leaf, some browning and occasional spotting.) Modern brown morocco.
This tournament was held for the entry into Bologna of MARGHERITA ALDOBRANDINI (1588-1646), wife of Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza. The woodcuts give the reader an active role in recreating the performance, allowing one to change the scene design at the center of the mountain amongst three central designs, coinciding with those in the orginal production of the play in Bologna. See Deanna Lenzi, "Teatri ed anfiteatri a Bologna nei secoli XVI e XVII," in Barocco Romano e Barocco Italiano: Il teatro, l'effimero, l'allegoria, Rome, 1985, pp. 180-181. Cicognara 1407; Watanabe 718 (no plates mentioned).
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