12 June 2009
MODENA 1700 -- La gloria e'l tempo festeggianti La Nascita del Serenissimo Principe di Modana armeggiamento a cavallo Fatto alla presenza delle Ser.me Altezze di Parma, &c. nel teatro eretto innanzi al ducal palazzo Nele Mese di Febbraio l'Anno 1700. Modena: Bartolomeo Soliani, 1700.
4o (230 x 170 mm). Five engraved folding plates, two by MATTIOLI'S AND TWO BY F.M. FRANCIA (a few small splits to last plate). Gilt-blocked floral paper boards (head of spine chipped); cloth folding case.
A superb description of the tournament in Modena for the christening of FRANCESCO III MARIA D'ESTE (1698-1780), son of Rinaldo I, Duke of Modena. Two of the plates show the elaborate carriages constructed for the occasion and a third shows the "Macchina del'eternita," an enormous apparati resting on a dragon. The fourth plate is of the "Machina dell'invidia": an apparatus built into the Modenese landscape. The fifth and final plate shows the large amphiteater with spectators watching the horse riders perform. Berlin 3057; Watanabe 537 (noting only "2 small woodcuts).
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