BONARELLI, Prospero (1588-1659). Il Solimano. Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620. 4° (207 x 160mm). Engraved title, 5 double-page plates by Jacques Callot after the designs of Giulio Parigi. (Lacking title, crude repairs to small tears on plates, occasional waterstaining sometimes affecting plates, light soiling.) Contemporary vellum, panelled spine, titled in manuscript on spine and on paper label on front cover (lightly bowed). Provenance: The New York Morgan Library, Donald Oesnlager Collection (bookplate; deacession stamp).
FIRST EDITION. Bonarelli's great tragedy was performed in Florence in 1618. Jacques Callot illustrated the work, following the designs of his tutor and colleague, Giulio Parigi, an architect and the chief designer of courtly festivities under the Grand Duke, Cosimo II de' Medici. Both Parigi and Callot were employed by the Medicis, and this is one of the last books Callot produced for the Florentine family. 'The dramatic finale shows the city of the tyrant Soliman in flames, the moveable scenes -- THE FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF THE THEATRE -- picture contemporary Florence' (Benesh). Berlin Kat. 4112; Brunet I, 1089; Cicognara 1086 ('bellissime figure, prove freschissime); Gamba 1810 ('Tra le molte edizioni di questa tragedia e' la presente molto ricercata per la vaghezza delle figure'); Otto Benesh, Artistic and Intellectual Trends, p. 17.