12 June 2009
VENICE 1782 -- ORSINI DI ROSENBERG, Guistina. Del siggiorno de' Conti del Nord in Venezia nel Gennaio 1782, lettera al Signor Riccardo Wynne, sui fratello a Londra. Venice: Turra, [ca 1782].
8o (205 x 140 mm). One engraved folding plate by J. LEONARDIS after DOMENICO DE FOSSATIS. Modern cloth-backed marbled boards (light wear at corners).
A description of the reception given in Venice in 1782 to honor the entrance of PAUL I (1754-1801), later Emperor of Russia, and his wife MARIA FEDEROVNA (1759-1828). Referred to as the "Comte du Nord," Paul and his wife had been given leave from the Russian court to travel throughout Europe in 1782 and 1783. The folding plate shows the Piazza San Marco decorated for the occasion with a specially erected arch and with richly decorated chariots pulled by oxen circling the square, and festivities included theatrical productions, a ballet, a masque, athletic tournaments, and bull and dog fights. This account of the celebrations surrounding their visit to Venice is attributed to the Englishwoman JUSTINE WYNNE (1731-1791), the Countess of Rosenberg- Orsini and one-time lover of Cassanova, though some believed the work was actually written by ELISABETTA CAMINER TURRA (1751-1796), one of Italy's first female journalists. Watanabe 1487.
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