12 June 2009
FERRARA 1649 -- BERNI, Francesco. L'Esequie trionfali del Marchese Guido Villa Logotenente Generale dell'Armi di S. Chiesa, del Ré Cristianissimo in Italia... celebrate nel Tempio di San Francesco in Ferrara il di 22. Febraro del 1649. Ferrara: Heirs of Gironi, 1656.
2o (312 x 209 mm). Five large engraved folding plates by GIOVANNI BATTISTA GAVAZZA after designs by NICOLO MARTINO FIERLANS (first plate with 4-in. tear crossing image, the second with repaired tear, several small holes along folds of several plates). (Preliminaries misbound.) 19th-century brown morocco, by Chatelin.
Berni describes the grandiose funeral pomp honoring GUIDO VILLA, a military commander who served against the Spaniards, eventually becoming the ambassador of the Court of Savoy to England, then France, and superintendent of the French armies in Italy. He died of a cannon shot at the siege of Cremona in 1648. Francesco Berni designed the elaborate baroque celebration in the church of San Francesco, which became famous as one of the richest and most complex ever organized, combining architecture, sculpture, music, and scenography. Vinet 796.
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