12 June 2009
MILAN 1651 -- La pompa della solenne entrata fatta Dalla Serenissima Maria Anna Austriaca Figlia dell'Inuittissimo Imperante Ferdinando Terzo et Sposa del Pontentissimo Filippo Quarto Monarcha delle Spagne, Rè di molti Regni, Duca di Milano. Accompagnata dal Serenissimo Ferdinando Quarto Rè di Boemia, & Ongaria suo fratello nella città di Milano. Milan: Giovanni Battista and Giulio Cesare Malatesta, 1651.
2o (352 x 262 mm). Engraved allegorial title page by JACOBO COTTA after J.C. STORER, 20 etched plates (four double-page) after Storer (15), STEPHANUS MONTALTUS (3) and CAROLUS BUTIUS (2) by Cotta, GIOVANNI BATTISTA DEL SOLE and HIERONYMOUS QUADRIUS, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces. (Imprint on title cropped.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard (some slight discoloration). Provenance: Château du Plessis-Brion Library (bookplate).
This book on the entry of PHILIP IV (1605-1665) and QUEEN MARIA ANNA (1634-1696) of Spain is illustrated with a very fine series of etchings depicting scenes from Roman history, intended to invoke parallels with the Hapsburgs. The majority of the plates are after Johann Christophor Storer, which Hofer described as "powerful plates." Berlin 3047; Cicognara 1453; Hofer Baroque 73; Vinet 561 (19 plates only).
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