Coi Tipi Torregiani e Compagno, , Reggio
Oblong folio, red morocco with arms of Modène Bavière in the center of first cover, spine and covers richly gilted, inner gilt dentelle and on leading edges. 31 lithographed plates of which one folding, very finely heightened with gouache (contemporary color).
(72) pp, 31 plates
2 stamps on verso of title, the same on recto of the last sheet of text.
First Edition of this beautiful festival book published on the occasion of the celebration of François V of Habsbourg-Este’s wedding, crown prince of Modena, with princess Adelgonde of Bavaria. The wedding took place on March, 30th 1842, and the couple settled in Modena in April. In May, the city organized gorgeous feasts to celebrate the event, with parade, embellisshement of public buildings...
The work is illustrated with 31 magnificent plates lithographied by Bernieri after Giovanni Battista Grisanti, Vincenzo Provani, and Prospero Minghetti, and very finely heightened with gouache. They show many allegorical, mythological, Egyptian, Chinese floats… from Modena and surroundings (Reggio, Correggio, Scandiano, Brescello, Novellara…), illuminated and decorated houses’s facades (Corbelli, Spaletti, Ant. Chioffi, P. Mazzali…).
Each plate has a descriptive text on the facing page, in an elegant frame.
Prospero Viani is the author of the introduction and the text, the dedication is signed by Luigi Corbelli.
5 copies found: at the Getty Research Institute, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Smithsonian Institution Libraries at Washington, National Art Library at Londres, and Bibliothèque nationale de France at Paris.