PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE ESTATE OF ROBERT L.B. TOBIN, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE TOBIN ENDOWMENT*
MANZINI, Luigi. Applausi festivi fatti in Roma per l'elezzione di Ferdinando III al regno de' Romani. Rome: Pietro Antonio Facciotti, 1637.
4o (216 x 155 mm). Engraved title, 11 engraved folding plates by Lucas Ciamberlanus after Orazio Turiani and Nicolo Torniolus. (Two quires lightly browned, tears in 3 plates repaired without loss, light dampstain, some marginal spotting in text leaves, light offsetting in some plates.) Contemporary limp vellum (repaired at head and foot of spine, old inscription on front cover). Provenance: Naples, unidentified college (title inscription); Giuseppe Cocianari Fornari (inscription dated 15 Jan. 1922); Giannalisa Feltrinelli (bookplate, sale Christie's London, 2 June 1998, lot 1351).
Cardinal Maurizio di Savoia sponsored the elaborate festivities at Rome to celebrate the election of Ferdinand, king of Bohemia and Hungary to Holy Roman Emperor. Under the architect Orazio Turini the piazza facing his palazzo at the Monte Giordano was transformed into a large theater, and a triumphal arch and fountain were erected. In these magnificent surroundings "lingue di luce" and "macchine di fuoco" were displayed, together with music and dances glorifying the Austrian Emperor and poetic tributes, printed here, exalting his virtues. Berlin Kat. 3046; BM/STC 17th c. Italian II, p. 531; Cicognara 1444 (giving different plate count); Fagiolo, Bib. della festa barocca a Roma, 134.