London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
VASCO, Giulio. Del funerale ... di Carlo Emanuele II. Duca di Savoia, Principe di Piemonte, Rè di Cipri, &c. Turin: Bartolomeo Zappata, . 2° (366 x 218mm). Engraved allegorical frontispiece, allegorical portrait of the Duke offered to Death, and 5 large folding plates by Georges Tasnière and Antonio de La Peigne after Giovanni Antonio Recchi and Carlo Giuseppe Cortella. (A few short tears at folds, some occasional minor spotting.) Contemporary calf. Provenance: Conte D'Aglie (bookplate).
A magnificent record of the funeral of Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy from 1638 to 1675, giving an account of his short illness, death and funeral service. The series of 5 fine large folding plates detail the elaborate structures and decorations created for the event: the catafalque with the body, the Piazza Castello with the funeral procession showing the old facade of Palazzo Madama, view of the cathedral entrance, and two wonderful views of the high altar of the cathedral decorated with skeletons. Berlin Katalog 3223; Cicognara 1471; Drugulin 2898; Vinet 598.
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