12 June 2009
FERRARA 1631 -- BERNI, Francesco and Sebastiani MARTINI. Il torneo a piedi, e l'invenzione, ed allegoria, colla quale il Signor Borso Bonacossi comparì à mantenerlo: E l'Alcinia maga favola pescatoria fatta rappresentare dal suddetto Signore nella Sala detta de' Giganti in Ferrara, alla presenza di tre altezzi Serenissime di Mantova, e de i due Eminentissimi Cardinali Sacchetti, e Spada, nel Carnouale dell'Anno 1631. Ferrara: Gioseffo Gironi and Francesco Gherardi, 1631.
4o (210 x 152 mm). 6 engraved folding plates (some occasional pale spotting). (A few short repaired marginal tears, some occasional light soiling.) Original Italian limp paper boards (paper spine partly perished); cloth folding case.
An exceedingly scarce description of the tournament in Ferrara for the wedding of GIOVANNI FRANCESCO SACCHETTI (1595-1637) and BEATRICE ESTENSE TASSONE that was held February-March 1631. This tournament was held at Carnival time, and was one of two organized for their wedding. The plates depict allegorical and historical re-enactments that were performed, including two scenes from the "Favola d'Alcina." Cicognara 1438; Watanabe 418.
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