FLORENCE 1610 -- GIRALDI, Giulioano. Esequie d'Arrigo Quarto Christianissimo Re di Francia, e di Navarra. Celebrate in Firenze dal Serenissimo Don Cosimo II Granduca di Toscana.
Florence: Bartolommeo Sermartelli, 1610.
4o (280 x 198 mm). Engraved coat-of-arms on title, 26 etchings in text by ALOVISIO ROSACCIO, numerous fine woodcut initials, several historiated, and head- and tail-pieces. Italian rococo calf binding gilt, the arms at center made up of small tools, surmounted by a crown and with ermine mantling painted in white, border of entwined acanthus leaves, an inner border of scrolling leaf and floral tools with a rosette at each corner with borders painted green, smooth spine gilt (some light rubbing). Provenance: CHARLES III (1716-1788), King of Spain; V. de Gobbis (bookplate); Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903, bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, illustrating scenes in the life of HENRY IV (1553-1610), King of France, mostly battle scenes, for the commemoration of his funeral in the family-church of the Medicis, the San Lorenzo in Florence. The text starts with the oration delivered by the Archduke of Tuscany Cosimo II, uncle of Henry's second wife Maria de Medici, then follows the print-series, with title in Latin and explanatory text in Italian to each etching. Another impression of plates 23 and 26 have been inserted and a later engraved copy of plate 1 has also been inserted. The son of Philip V and Elizabeth Farnese, Charles III became king of Naples and Sicily in 1735, following their conquest in the war of the Polish Succession. In 1759 he succeeded his half brother, Ferdinand VI, on the Spanish throne, Naples and Sicily passing to his third son, Ferdinand (later Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies). In the American War of Independence, he entered the war on the American side and by the Treaty of Paris, 1783, regained Florida and Minorca, territores which had been ceded to England after the Seven Years' War. Noted for his economic and administrative reforms, and for the expulsion of the Jesuits (1767), Carlos III is widely regarded as the greatest Bourbon king of Spain. The process of canonization of Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659), Bishop of Puebla de Los Angeles and 'visitador general' of Mexico, began in 1726 under Benedict XIII, and continued under the pontificates of Benedict XIV, Clement XIII, Clement XIV and Pius VI. Cicognara 1413; Gamba 2750; Moreni I:442; Ruggieri 359.