12 June 2009
MILAN 1740 -- SAXIUS, Joseph Antonius. Pietas, et amor Mediolansium in obitu Em.mi Cardinalis Benedicti Herbae Odescalchi olim Mediolani Archiepiscopi, et funebris apparatus virtutibus Innocentii XI. Milan: Giuseppe R. Malatesta, 1741.
4o (250 x 188 mm). Four engraved folding plates after MARC ANTONIO DAL RE after the design by FRANCESCO CROCE (plate three with repaired tear crossing image). Contemporary Italian speckled paper boards.
The large plate depicts the catafalque designed by FRANCESCO CROCE for these obsequies of CARDINAL BENEDETTO ERBA ODESCALCHI, celebrated on December 23, 1740, in the former Church of San Giovanni in Conca in Milan. Cardinal Odescalchi was the grand-nephew of Pope Innocent XI. VERY RARE.
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