2 June 1998,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,265
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Le dieci mascherate delle bufole mandate in Firenze il giorno di Carnouale l'anno 1565. Florence: Giunti, 1566.
8°. Woodcut device on title, woodcut ornamental initials. (Spotted.) Modern vellum stained green over pasteboard, red edges. Provenance: Piero Ginori Conti (bookplate).
The Carnival at Florence in 1565 was particularly noteworthy for having ten masked groups, each led in the parade by a bufala, a female buffalo, also in costume. The author describes the participants and their fancy dress: Zanobi Carnesecchi was dressed as Wickedness hunted by his party of Flagellators, Capponi was Osiris accompanied by his Egyptian retinue, and the guild of Genovese merchants staged a baccanale. The Marquise of Castiglione, Don Luigi da Toledo, Cardinal Medici and Prince Francesco himself were also among the participants. The Carnival parade ended with a magnificent show of famous mythic and classical heroes: Caesar and Pompeo, Alexander and Cirus, Hector and Achilles, in honour of Grand Duke Cosimo and his heir Francesco. Afterwards a race with the bufalas was held, and the fireworks, music and dancing did not end before 3.00 the next morning. Bertelà and Tofani Feste e apparati Medicei, p.198.
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