12 June 2009
FLORENCE 1637 -- COPPOLA, Giovanni Carlo. Le Nozze degli Dei Favola... rappresentata in musica in Firenze nelle Reale Nozze de Serenismi Gran Duchi di Toschana Ferdinando II e Vittoria Principessa d'Urbino. - RONDINELLI, F. Relazione delle nozze degli dei favola... Rappresentata nelle reali Noze de' Sereniss. Gran Duchi di Toscana Ferdinano II e Vittoria Principessa d'Urbino. Florence: Amadore Massi and Lorenzo Landi, 1637.
Two parts in one, 4o (239 x 171 mm). Etched title and seven double-page plates by STEFANO DELLA BELLA after the set designs of ALFONSO PARIGI (tiny hole in title, a few tears repaired on verso). (A few pale dampstains.) Contemporary limp vellum (text block cracked at center)
FIRST EDITION of the libretto for this masque celebrating the wedding of Vulcan to Venus. It was written by Giovanni Carlo Coppola, the Bishop of Muro, to commemorate the marriage of Grand Duke FERDINANDO II DE' MEDICI (1610-1670) to Princess VITTORIA DELLA ROVERE of Urbino (1622-1694) on the 8 July 1637. Della Bella's etchings (his first major undertaking for the Medici court, where he succeeded Jacques Callot) are the only surviving record of Parigi's staging of this remarkable production. Coppola wrote the libretto, and the choreography was done by AGNIOLO RICCI. Berlin 4116; Brunet II, 262; De Vesme 918-925; Nagler, Theater Festivals of the Medici, pp. 162-74; Watanabe 1285.
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