12 June 2009
BOLOGNA 1628 -- LODI, Giacinto. Amore prigioniero i Delo. Torneo Fatto da' Signori Academici Torobi in Li XX. Di Marzo M.DC.XXVIII. Bologna: Heirs of Vittorio Benacci, .
2o (298 x 212 mm). 15 double-page engraved plates (one with small extension at top) by GIOVANNI BATTISTA CORIOLANO (first plate with ink stain and short tear, \Kp\k2 and one plate loose). Contemporary limp vellum (some soiling); cloth folding case.
This masque or pageant, called here a tournament, was held in honor of FERDINAND II DE' MEDICI (1610-1670), Grand Duke of Tuscany, on 20 March 1628, the theme of which was the imprisonment of Cupid in Delos, from which he was eventually liberated by the champions of Diana and Venus. The very fine plates by Coriolano illustrate the various machines on wheels which formed each tableau: the Trojan horse, a fully rigged warship, a huge elephant, a six-headed dragon, etc. The opening plate shows the arena with the final tableau in progress, surrounded by the spectators. Lodi's text provides very detailed descriptions of the customs and various devices employed. Berlin 3043; Ruggieri 789; Lipperheide Sm3; Vinet 793.
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