12 June 2009
FLORENCE 1688 -- BINI, Pietro, editor. Memorie del calcio fiorentino. Tratte da diverse scritture. Florence: Stamperia di S.A.S. alla Condotta, 1688.
4o (238 x 168 mm) Engraved armorial title vignette by FRANCESCO NACCI, 2 engraved folding plates, the first by ALEXANDER CECCHINI, letterpress half-title, G-K printed in Greek, woodcut and typographic head- and tail-pieces, historiated initials, ornament pasted over colophon on K2v. (Lightly spotted.) 19th-century blue quarter morocco (rubbed, front hinge cracked). Provenance: Andrea Bernardo Gionavvi Moschini (signature on pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of Bini's collection of works on football in Florence, the first and foremost of which is Bardi's famous Discorso, edited by Bini and published to commemorate a game played in honor of the marriage of FERDINANDO III DE' MEDICI (1663-1713), Grand Duke of Tuscany, and VIOLANTE BEATRICE (1673-1731), Princess of Bavaria in December-January 1688-89. The names of the players in this particular match are listed at the end. The engravings illustrate play in the Piazza di Santa Croce and the positions of the players. The Memorie explains the mechanics of the game, its history and relates actual games played in Florence in the recent past. The work also includes the text of a musical prologue by JACOPO DEL BORGO to be performed during Carnival and a lost of the participants in the elaborate ceremonial joust which concluded the destivities on Shrove Tuesday and was headed by Ferdinand himself. BL 17th-Century Italian I:112; Brunet I:653; Cicognara 3177; Gamba 99.
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