12 June 2009
MODENA 1659 -- GAMBERTI, Domenico. L'idea di un prencipe et eroe Christiano in Francesco I d'Este di Modona, e Reggio Duca VIII. Generalissimo dell'Arme Reali di Francia in Italia, &c. Effigiata co'profili delle virtu da prencipi suoi maggiori ereditate Rappresentata alla publica luce co'l funerale apparato sposto nelle solenni esequie Dall'Altezza Serenissima di Alfonso IV. Modena: Bartolomeo Soliani, 1659.
2o (328 x 260 mm). Half-title. Engraved coat-of-arms on title-page, engraved frontispiece by LORENZO TINTI after FRANCESCO STRINGA, engraved portrait of Alphonso IV d'Este, 61 engraved folding plates and 20 engraved vignettes by FONTANA and LORENZO TINTI after ANDREA SEGHIZZI, and 8 double-page plates of a genealogical table (a few plates with repaired tears, one plate of the genealogical table bound upside-down). (A few minor repairs to text leaves, some minor marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary mottled calf (rebacked preserving original spine, corners repaired, joints cracked).
Gamberti's description of the funeral services held in Modena in 1659 for FRANCESCO I D'ESTE (1610-1658), Duke of Modena and Reggio. The plates illustrate the funeral decorations on the facade of the Sant'Agostino church in Modena, where the funeral ceremony was held, the catafalque, and the view of the decorated interior, as well as important events in life of Francesco d'Este, especially his diplomatic and military successes. The genealogical chart, on 8 double-page plates, shows the history of the d'Este family.
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