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Alexandro VII Divinitatis nutu delecto Sacrosancta in terris Christi sceptra dignissima manu capessenti ...

Rome, Cortellini, 1655.

8vo, pp, [16], 128, 78; [2 (errata, blank)]; large woodcut arms of Alexander VII to A1, woodcut and typographic ornaments and initials throughout; old repairs to a1-6 (touching a few characters), spotting, foxing and some browning in places; in contemporary carta rustica, sewn two-up on 5 split tawed thongs; spine chipped at head and worn, text block partly detached; from the library of the Colonna family in Rome, with eighteenth-century circular red stamp ‘Libraria Colonna’ to title and final leaf.

£300

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Only edition, unrecorded outside Italy, of a symposium of laudatory verses published on the occasion of Fabio Chigi’s accession to the Papacy as Alexander VII, with descriptions of the accompanying ritual and pomp. The equestrian triumph and procession, the solemn conferment of papal regalia and insignia such as the triple tiara and mitre, the ‘lachrymose’ acclamation of the people of Rome are rendered in eye-witness account, complemented with several verse eulogies and a full-page woodcut of the pope’s arms, and culminating with poems on the subject of the pope’s effigy. Such portrait paintings were executed in many versions and were widely distributed, often given as diplomatic gifts, or acquired as expressions of political allegiance (see the specimen held at the Walters Museum).

ICCU finds five copies in Italian libraries; no further copies recorded in OCLC or Library Hub.

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