12 June 2009
MESSINA 1588 -- GOTHO, Filippo. Breve raguaglio dell'inventione e feste de gloriosi martirii Placido, e compagni mandato al Serenio Don Filippo d'Austria Principe de Spagna. Messina: Fausto Bufalini, 1591.
4o (228 x 168 mm). Engraved title and 27 full-page engravings in text. (Title and prelims with some chipping at ends and a few repairs, browning and soiling.) Later boards (defective).
Goto describes the festivities in Messina ordered by Philip III, King of Spain, to celebrate the discovery on 4 August 1588 of the remains of St. Placid and his fellow martyrs, which were unearthed in the choir of the church of S. Giovanni Battista. In connection with the enshrining of these bones in reliquaries, a three-day-long festivity was organized and included numerous processions, monuments and displayes. The plates depict the major parts of the festival. The most noteworthy are those portraying the ten triumphal arches erected in various parts of the city. At least two were designed by the Messinian artist RINALDO BONANNO. These are the only documents on his activity as an architect in which his name appears. The short history of the city at the beginning is accompanied by a panoramic view of the city, one of the earliest extant. Adams G-896; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 217; Watanabe 558.
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