London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
MONIGLIA, Giovanni Andrea. L'Hipermestra festa teatrale rappresentata dal Sereniss. Principe Cardinale Gio. Carlo di Toscana per celebrare il giorno natalizio del Real Principe di Spagna. Florence: Stamperia di S.A.S., 1658. 4° (205 x 146mm). Engraved frontispiece and 13 folding plates of stage sets with actors, the final plate a view of the theatre from the stage. (Lacking errata leaf, frontispiece trimmed at foot, plate one with ¼-in. square repair with loss of image, a few other small repairs, some small splits along folds, extreme corners of frontispiece and first few leaves renewed, some occasional pale spotting.) Later patterned boards. A lavishly illustrated libretto of an opera, first performed at Florence in the Teatro della Pergola on 18 June 1658, sponsored by Cardinal Giovanni Carlo (d.1666) to celebrate the birthday of Philip IV (1605-1665), King of Spain. Berlin Katalog 4123; BL 17th-Century Italian II, p. 585; Palau 176214.
[Bound with:] [RUCELLAI, Orazio]. Descrizione della presa d'Argo e de gli amori linceo con Hipermestra; festa teatrale rappresentata dal Signor Principe Cardinal Gio. Carlo di Toscana ... per celebrare il natale del Sereniss. Principe di Spagna. Florence: Stamperia S.A.S., 1658. 4°. Domenico Moreni, Bibliografia Sotorico-Ragionata della Toscana, Florence, 1805, p. 287.
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