12 June 2009
REGGIO 1687 -- Il Tempio del Merito aperto alla Gloria de'Serenissimi Principi d'Este. Machina eretta dal Senato di Reggio, in occasione d'alcuni Fuochi d'allegrezza fatti par la promotione alla Sacra Porpora dell'Altezza Serenissima del Signor Prencipe Cardinal Rinaldo, e consecrate alla Serenissima Altezza della Signora Duchessa Laura Duchessa di Reggio, Modena, &c.. Reggio: Prospero Vedrotti, 1687.
4o (220 x 170 mm). 2 engraved folding plates, one by C.A. FORTI (one plate with repaired tear, some overall staining and spotting). Decorated paper boards (spine faded, some light spotting to covers). Provenance: S.E.D. Paolo Borghese (bookplate).
On the occasion of the elevation of RINALDO D'ESTE (1655-1737) to Cardinal, the city of Reggio organized a celebration that included odes and sonnets delivered by local poets in honor of the Cardinal, apparati, decorations and arches were erected throughout the city, concerts were performed, and a spectacular fireworks display was arranged to commemorate the occasion. One plate illustrates the fireworks in the Piazza della Cittadella, while the second illustrates an allegorical float featuring a chariot of clouds being pulled by winged horses.
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