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ON THE MAGNIFICENT MASKED FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE - ITALIAN RENAISSANCE - 1566
[ATTRIBUTED TO DOMENICO MELLINI] Le dieci mascherate delle bufole mandate in Firenze il giorno di Carnovale l'anno 1565. Con la descrizzione di tutta la pompa delle Maschere, e loro invenzioni. Firenza: Appresso i Giunti, 1566. First Edition. A scarce work describing the elaborate festival in Florence during Carnevale. Christie's aptly described this work in the Feltrinelli sale of 1998 stating: "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." Small 8vo (14.6 x 8.8cm), 56 pp. [i.e. 48]. Medici coat of arms on title-page. Some foxing and toning throughout. Bound in 19th century vellum over boards with, new endpapers inserted and original endpapers preserved. [Bertela and Tofani Feste e apparati Medicei, p.198.; Camerini, 377; Moreni, 1877]. [Attributes: First Edi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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