Rare festbuch: the Emperor's new wedding

Gualdo Priorato, Galeazzo. Lettera [...] all' [...] Cardinale Barberino [...] con la quale da ragguaglio [...] di quanto è passato negli augustissimi terzi sposali di sua maesta cesarea [...].

Vienna, Johann Baptist Hacque, 1677.

Folio (224 x 340 mm). (4), 60 (misnumbered: 58) pp. With 7 engraved plates (some folding). Contemporary wrappers with marbled spine.


Only edition of this work published in celebration of the wedding of Emperor Leopold I to Eleonore Magdalene of Pfalz-Neuburg, Leopold's third (and final) marriage. The fervently Catholic Eleonore had previously turned down a proposal by the later King James II of England (himself a Catholic); among the couple's issue were future Emperors Joseph I and Charles VI. The plates show views of Neuburg on the Inn near Passau (the entrances of December 11 and 12, 1676), various triumphal arches (including that in Passau), and the great Vienna fireworks of February 2, 1677, in honour of the Imperial couple. The Italian diplomat G. Gualdo Priorato (1606-78), "officier supérieur, tacticien, diplomate et l’un des plus féconde historiens italiens" (NBG XXII, 307), served as historian to the Vienna court.

Occasional foxing and insignificant waterstains; contains four plates more than asked for by Mayer. Appealingly preserved.


Mayer I, Nr. 1859. ICCU VIAE\007631. Not in Ruggieri.

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