12 June 2009
FERRARA 1704 -- Adunanza de' pastori arcadi della colonia Ferrrarese convocata da Api Sologorgeo, provice custode della medesima, in occasione della laurea presa in ambe le leggi nella insigne sua patria Urbino dall'eccellenza del signor d. Annibale Albani acclamato pastore Poliarco Taigetide. Ferrara: Bernardino Pomatelli, 1704.
4o (224 x 165 mm). Half-title page. 4 engraved folding plates by ALLESANDRO and AGOSTINO DALLA VIA, one folding table, and 2 full-page woodcuts in text (one plate repaired along folds, others with a few minor tears). (A few minor discreet repairs at margins not affecting text.) Flexible paper boards.
The text of the book, written in praise of CARDINAL ANNIBALE ALBANI (1682-1751), is comprised of cantatas, sonnets, and eclogues by members of the Accademia dell' Arcadia whose arcadic and real names are listed on p. 72-73. "Api Sologorgeo", the author of the cantatas, is identified as Marchese Scipione Sacrati Giraldi. The four folding plates illustrate the outdoor amphitheater with the assembled crowd in attendance and scenes from the cantatas, including a hillside setting and one depicting the underground grottoes.
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