12 June 2009
PALERMO 1724 -- MONGITORE, Antonino. L'Atto Pubblico di Fede solennemente celebrato nella citta di Palermo à 6. Aprile 1724 dal Tribunale del S. Uffizio di Sicilia. Palermo: Regia Stamperia d'Agostino, ed Antonio Epiro, Familiari, ed impressori del Medemo Tribunale, 1724.
4o (283 x 194 mm). Four large engraved folding plates by FRANCESCO CICHé (the second with short tape repair on verso, some minor spotting). Contemporary Italian vellum over pasteboard (some light staining). Provenance: Baron Horace de Landau (bookplate).
Mongitore describes the Act of Faith celebrated in Palermo in honor of CHARLES VI (1685-1740), Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily, on 6 April 1724. The Act of Faith was organized by the Tribunal of the Saint Inquisition of the Kingdom of Sicily from time to time. The four large plates depict the place of the theater with the boxes for the authorities and the place where the convict was to be burnt; two long processionals; and the Act of Faith in full development, with Suor Geltruda and Fra Romualdo burning inside a palisade with people assembled for the performance. Lipperheide Si37; Palau 31-33.
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