London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
[ZUÑIGA, Lorenzo Bautista de]. Annales eclesiasticos i seglares de la M.N. i M.L. Cividad de Sevilla que comprehenden la Olimpiada, o Lustro de la Corte en ella. Seville: F.J. de Blas y Quesada, 1747. 2° (290 x 199mm). Engraved title by Juan Fernandez after Pedro Tortolero and 2 large folding plates by Pedro Tortolero. 19th-century marbled calf gilt, sides with the cathedral of Sevilla stamped in gold. Provenance: William Stirling (1818-78; presentation inscription from Richard Ford dated 1847, Stirling's bibliographic notes on one sheet laid in, large bookplate).
VERY RARE account of the festivities surrounding the visits to Seville every four years by the Royal Court, known as the Olimpiad. The work contains the texts of pageants and poetry composed for these occasions, including bull-fights, tournaments, and other festivities. The large folding plates are by the Spanish painter and engraver Pedro Tortolero. They show Philip V, King of Spain and his court entering Seville in 1729 and the transferral of the remains of Ferdinand III (the Saint, d.1252), to their new resting-place, with the Procession passing Seville Cathedral of the same year. The authorship of the work is unclear, as the licenses are made out to Lorenzo Batista de Zuñiga, but Backer credits the work to the Jesuit author Antonio de Solis, who wrote the appendices. Backer 7:1369; Palau 11660 and 318747 (Solis).
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