12 June 2009
VENICE 1680 -- PATIN, Charles (1633-1693). Le pompose feste di Vicenza Fatte nel mese di Giugno, del 1680. Padua: Giovanni Battista Pasquati, 1680.
4o (225 x 165 mm). 3 engravings of coins in text, 2 double-page plates depicting the festival carriage and the jousting, one folding plate of the Ruota, 2 engraved headpieces, woodcut ornament on title-page and at end, woodcut ornamental initials (small repair at edge of folding plate, double-page plates lightly browned at gutter). (Discrete tissue reinforcements along gutters of text leaves.) Later decorated paper wrappers; cloth folding case.
As a prelude to his account of the first Festival of Corpus Christi held in Venice in 1680, the famous French archaeologist and numismatist Charles Patin here provides a remarkable history of public spectacle and celebration from ancient Greece to the 17th century. Combining the solemnity of religious devotion with the pomp of a great festival, the celebration of Corpus Christi featured a tournament by gallant cavaliers, banquets and balls, a religious procession and a horse race. Of particular interest is the engraved view of the Palladian architecture of the city and the description (and engraved illustration) of the imposing "Ruota" measuring 50 "braccia" in height dedicated to the devotion of the Holy Cross. Although paginated [91-114], it appears to have been published as a separate work. Berlin 3051; Drugulin 3010; Ruggieri 821 (included in).
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