UNRECORDED ACROSTIC NUPTIALIA

Applausi alli felicissimi sponsali dell’illustrissimo Sig. Cavaliere Deifebo Perini Brancadori, con l’illustrissima Signora Ottavia Orlandini.

Siena, Stamperia del Pubblico, 1699.

8vo, pp. 16; woodcut head- and tailpieces to each page, and final sonnet printed as acrostic; contemporary manuscript correction to one word on p. 14; clean and fresh throughout; in later marbled wrappers.

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Seemingly unrecorded collection of sonnets written to mark the marriage of two Sienese nobles, Deifebo Perini Brancadori and Ottavia Orlandini. The fourteen sonnets, whose authorship remains unknown, take inspiration from the family name of the groom and aspects of the arms of both families, with the final sonnet spelling out the bride’s married name (Ottavia Orlandini[ne] Brancadori) as an acrostic.

Deifebo Brancadori was an enthusiastic actor and director in plays and operas in Siena, and the wedding appears to have been quite an occasion, with the bride having a dancing tutor to coach her through the celebrations.

Not in Pinto Nuptialia; not recorded by OCLC or ICCU. See Reardon, A Sociable Moment: Opera and Festive Culture in Baroque Siena (OUP, 2006).

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