[GUIDICCIONI, Lelio]. Breve racconto della transportatione del corpo di Papa Paolo V dall Basilica di S. Pietro a'quella di S. Maria Maggiore. Rome: heirs of Bartolomeo Zannetti, 1623.
2° (409 x 273mm), 2 parts. Engraved arms of dedicatee, Cardinal Borghese, on title, folding plate of the catafalque by Dietrich Krger after Giovanni Domenico Garzoli, engraving detailing draped column capitals by Krger after Sergio Venturi, 16 engraved plates of statuary by Krger after Giovanni Lanfranco numbered 1-16 and with letterpress caption on versos, large woodcut initials, woodcut tailpiece. Overslip correction pasted to p.16 and to p.31 of the commemorative verse. (Title and several leaves lightly spotted, some browning, heavier in about 5 leaves and 7 plates, small stain at extreme fore-edge of 2 leaves.) Old marbled-paper-backed buff paper boards.
FIRST EDITION. For one year after his death the body of Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese, Pope 1605-21) rested at the Vatican; this volume describes the solemn occasion of the translation of the body to the Borghese chapel at S. Maria Maggiore. It prints the oration delivered by Lelio Guidiccioni and much commemorative verse, and illustrates the monumental baroque catafalque erected in the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore with an edifice by the architect Sergio Venturi. The catafalque was decorated with 20 putti and 16 allegorical figures in stucco by Bernini; the 16 virtues are reproduced here in engravings by Giovanni Lanfranco. The Breve racconto is the ONLY WITNESS TO THIS WORK BY BERNINI. Because the statuary does not survive, it has been largely overlooked in Bernini studies (cf. Wittkower, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 3rd ed., 1981, 81:9). Bernini had been granted a papal knighthood only the previous year by Paul V, and "Cavalier" Bernini is praised in the preface as the one who "camina à gran passi à liberar questo secolo dall'invidia di quelli antichi." Lanfranco was also a noted and influential Italian artist of the Baroque, whose frescoes in the Palazzo del Quirinale brought him fame. A student of Carracci, Lanfranco had recently been commissioned by Paul V to fresco the vault of the Loggia della Benedizione at St. Peter's; its completion was interrupted by the pope's unexpected death. Lanfranco enjoyed later commissions by the Borghese family, including paintings in the Borghese chapel. A LARGE COPY. BL 17th-Century Italian I, p. 430; Cicognara 1429; Vinet 589.