REGGIO EMILIA 1674 -- CERTANI, Giacomo. Maria Vergine Coronata. Descrizione, e Dichiarazione della Divota Solennità fatta in Reggio Li 13. Maggio 1674. Reggio [Emilia]: Prospero Vedrotti, 1675.
2o (359 x 239 mm). Engraved frontispiece, portrait of the dedicatee Francesco II d'Este, Duke of Modena, 3 full-page plates on two sheets, and 11 large folding plates (including one super-imposed plate), all by GIUSEPPE MITELLI after ORAZIO TALAMI, FRANCESCO TORRI, VIRGINIO DRAGHI, GIACOMO CARBONI, PROSPERO MANZINI, and MICHELE AUGUSTA. (Some minor marginal worming to a few leaves affecting one plate slightly, a few marginal dampstains.) Contemporary Italian vellum over pasteboard. Provenance: Flaminio Bonzagni of Reggio Emilia (contemporary signature on title-page); H. Destailleur (bookplate; sold Sotheby's New York, 18 May 1976, lot 12).
A fine copy of a very scarce fête book commemorating the festivities held for the ceremonial coronation of the Madonna della Ghiara in the Cathedral of Reggio in 1674. Apart from the engraved frontispiece and the portrait, the volume is illustrated with mostly very large folding plates executed by the prominent Bolognese artist G.M. Mitelli. They represent vividly the pomp and splendor of the Baroque showing the festive procession with triumphal chariots and arches, elaborate theatrical machinery, fountains, altars, columns and the Crown of the Virgin. Especially rare with the SUPER-IMPOSED PLATE on the large etching between pp. 70/71, of a fountain into which the tower shown underneath on the large plate was transformed in front of the onlooker's eyes. The double plate sheet in this copy may account for the varying plate count cited in the bibliographies. If this sheet was meant to be cut and inserted as separate plates it the count would be 14 (beyond frontispiece and portrait), in this state its count corresponds with Ruggieri and Vinet. Berlin 3222; Hofer Baroque Book Illustration 74; Lipperheide Sl 6 (describes 16 plates excluding frontispiece--might include overslip); Ruggieri 820 (describes 13 plates, excluding frontispiece and portrait); Vinet 816 (13 plates described as previous); Watanabe 549.