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Magnificent illustrated rococo book with Italian poetry, printed in Venice/Belluno

[ALPAGO, Cesare et al.].
Per le nozze del Sig.r. Marchese Guglielmo de' Fulcis, cavalier di Malta, maggiore attuale al servizio delle LL. MM. II. RR. con la Sig'.ra. Contessa Francesca de' Migazzi de Vaal e Sonnenthurn.
[Venice], (colophon: nella stamperia Albrizzi con privilegio dell' Ecc.mo Senato per tutti li rami che adornano le di lui stampe, 1776). Folio (35 x 25 cm). Engraved frontispiece with a decorative rococo border, engraved title in a rococo border incorporating the coat-of-arms of Guglielmo de' Fulcis, engraved full-page colophon on the last leaf; 7 pp. with additional engraved allegorical vignettes, one on C3 signed ''Piazzetta inv.''. Contemporary light green paper wrappers with gold rococo ornamental borders and a gold centre piece with allegorical seated figure on the front and back side of the wrappers, probably made for presentation to the bride, groom or an important person who attended the wedding. [57], [1 blank] pp.
€ 5,500
Very rare collection of laudatory poems in Italian, edited and collected by Cesare Arpago, for the occasion of the marriage of Marchese Guglielmo de' Fulcis, Knight of Malta, with the Contessa Francesca de' Migazzi de Vaal e Sonnenthurn in 1776. It includes poems by Arpago himself and Alvise Mocenigo, Daniele Florio, Giorgio di Polcenico, Gasparo Gozzi, V. Masini, Zaccaria Betti, Ab. Bettinelli, and others, in honour of Marchese Guglielmo de Fulcis, cavalier di Malta, maggiore attuale al servizio delle LL. MM. II. RR. con la Sigra. Countess Francesca de Migazzi de Vaal e Sonnenthurn. The book collates: A8 B-C10 = 28 ll. We have located only three other copies, at Harvard Universitys Houghton Library, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Biblioteca Comunale in Trento, Italy.
Binding a bit faded and frayed, spine partly gone, but overall in good condition. A fine example of 18th-century rococo Venetian book illustration. Morazzoni, Il libro illustrato veneziano del settecento, p. 297; WorldCat 26903707 & 797442254 (2 copies) ; not in Berlin Kat.
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