12 June 2009
NAPLES 1742 -- BOTTI, Giambattista. Nel funerale per L'Illustrissima, ed Eccellentissima Signora D. Paola Odescalco Duchessa di Gravina, &c, &c, &c. Orazione detta in Napoli della Insigne Basilica di S. Filippo Neri in di' XVII. Settembre MDCCXXXXII. Naples: Stefano Abbate, 1742.
4o (252 x 200 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved vignettes and large folding plate by ANTONIO BALDI after the design by MICHELANGELO DE BLASIO. Contemporary Italian calf gilt, edges gilt (some light rubbing, stain on upper cover, front hinge starting). Provenance: S.E.D. Paolo Borghese (bookplate; catalogue of the Bibliothèque de S.E.D. Paolo Borghese, Rome, 1892, no. 261).
PAOLA ODESCALCO was nineteen when she died a Duchess in Naples. The large folding plate shows the enormous catafalque erected for the occasion of her funeral at the Chiesa Gelormini. RARE.
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