12 June 2009
VIENNA 1678 -- MINATO, Nicolò (1627-1698). La monarchia latina trionfante. Festa musicale in applauso del felicissimo natale del Sereniss. Gioseffo, arciduca d'Austria, figlio delle Augustiss. Maestá di Leopoldo imperatore, et Eleonora, Maddalena, Teresa, imperatrice, nata prencipessa di Neoburgo alle medesime M.M. consacrata. Vienna: Johann Christoph Cosmerovius, 1678.
2o (339 x 233 mm). Engraved frontispiece, one engraved folding plate and 7 engraved double-page plates by KüSEL after BURNACINI. (Some plates trimmed closly, a few repairs.) Modern boards.
Commemorating the opera performed in honor of the birth of JOSEPH (1678-1711, later Emperor Joseph) son of Emperor LEOPOLD I (1640-1705) and ELEONORA MAGDALENA of the Palatinate (1655-1720). The dramatic theatrical sets by MATTHÄUS KÜSEL (1629-81) after LUDOVICO BURNACINI (1636-1707), document his last theatrical work with elaborate decorations even employing Elephants and Camels in the designs. The opera with the libretto by Minato, the music by ANTONIO DRAGHI (1627-1698), and the ballet by JOHANN HEINRICH SCHMELZER was probably first performed in 1667. Of greatest rarety and not in any of the standard bibliographies. Biach-Schiffmann Giovanni und Ludovico Burnacini (Vienna 1931) pp. 118-121 and illustration numbers 34-37.
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