12 June 2009
FLORENCE 1724 - VENUTI, Niccolo Marcello. Esequie de Luigi I. Cattolico Re delle Spagne Celebrate in Firenze nella Chiese di S. Maria Novella. - BOCCADIFERRO, Camillo Antonio. Delle lodi di Luigi I... Orazione del Conte Camillo Antonio Boccadiferro. Florence: Stamperia di S.A.R. by Tartini and Franchi, 1724.
Two parts in one, 4o (288 x 208 mm). 5 engraved folding plates by FERDINANDO RUGGIERI in the first part. Contemporary vellum over pasteboard.
A SUPERB COPY of this funerary celebration of LOUIS I (1707-1724), King of Spain. Philip V of Spain, his father, indulged a number of intrigues against the house of Orleans. Thinking he could claim the thrown of France, Philip abdicated in 1724, naming his 17-year old son Louis his successor. Louis died only a few months later from smallpox, forcing Philip to return to the throne. The death of his son was marked with this elaborate ceremony in Florence, organized by Girolamo Ticciati. The plates show the façade, decorations, ground plan and catafalque. Berlin 3247; Palau 18221 and 31179; Riccardi 841.
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