12 June 2009
MANTUA 1623 -- BERTAZOLLO, Gabriele. Descrittione del regio apparato de Fuochi Trionfali fatti in Mantova il di 14. Settembre MDCXXIII. Per l'assuntione al Pontificato della Santità di N.S. Papa Urbano VIII. Mantua: Aurelio and Lodovico Osanna fratelli, .
4o (194 x 143 mm). Engraved plate (small repair to blank margin). Later decorated boards. Provenance: Marcello Scuderi (presentation inscription from the dedicatee); S.E.D. Paolo Borghese (bookplate; see catalogue of the Bibliothèque de S.E.D. Paolo Borghese, Rome, 1892, no. 196).
PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on behalf of the dedicatee Cardinal Francesco Barberini (1597-1679, nephew of Pope Urban VIII, one of the ten judges in Galileo's trial, but one of three not to sign the sentence) to Marcello Scuderi. This firework celebration was held in Mantua upon the election to the Papacy of MAFFEO BARBERINI (1568-1644), who took the name POPE URBAN VIII. The plate depicts the elaborate apparatus constructed for the fireworks display.
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