12 June 2009
MADRID 1789 - [SEMPERE Y GUARINOS, Juan]. Descripcion de los ornatos públicos con que la Corte de Madrid ha solemnizado la felize exâltacion al trono de los Reyes Nuestros Señoes Don Carlos IIII y Dona Luisa de Borbon y la Jura del Serenisimo Don Fernando, Principe de Asturias. Madrid: Imprenta Real, 1789.
Small 2o (300 x 210 mm). 11 engraved plates (9 double-page, one folding) by FRANCISCO PAULA MARTí and J. GIRALDI after P. ARNAL, C. DE VARGAS, T. DE VILLANEUVA, F. FONTANA, M. MEDINA, A. AGUADO, V. RODRIQUEZ, and A. Y A.M. TADEI. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards (front cover detached, some wear). Provenance: Luton Hoo Library (armorial bookplate).
Sempere y Guarino's account of the elaborate arches and buildings erected and spectacularly decorated for the coronation of CHARLES IV (1749-1819), King of Spain, and his wife MARIA LOUISA of Parma (1751-1819) in Madrid in 1789. He provides an index of the main decorations in the city, as well as in-depth descriptions of the ornamentation and statuary. The engraved plates by Martí provide visual accompaniment to the descriptions. Berlin 3092; Cicognara 1530.
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