Feste celebrate in Napoli per la nascita del Serenis.mo Prencipe di Spagna Nostro Signore dall'Ecc.mo Sig.r Conte di Castriglio Vicerè, Luogotenente, e Capitan Generale nel Regno di Napoli

Autore: CIRINO, Andrea (1618-1664)

Tipografo: Carlo Faggioli

Dati tipografici: Napoli, 1659

Folio (329x216 mm). [6], 271, [1 blank] pp. and [5] folding plates engraved by Nicolò Perrey and Jusepe Martinez (the first measures 581×1227 mm, the other four 300×840 mm). Signatures: π² §² A-Yyy². Lacking the first leaf π1, a blank. Title page engraved by Nicolò Perrey bearing the coat-of-arms of Philipp IV of Spain and allegorical figures of the four continents. Full-page engraved horseback portrait of García de Haro y Avellaneda, count of Castrillo, at l. I1. With also 14 woodcut emblems in text, woodcut initials, and headpieces. Contemporary vellum, spine with five raised bands and ink title, marbled edges (small stain and a few scratches on the front panel). On the title page two old stamps and two ownership's inscriptions: ‘ex libris Jo: Bab.ta Valletta' and ‘Bibliotheca Scholarum Piarum S. Pantaleonis'. Some quires slightly browned, lower outer corner of l. D2 repaired with no loss of text, tear to the lower blank margin of Mm1 not affecting text, otherwise a very good, unsophisticated copy with wide margins.


Extremely rare first edition of this lavishly illustrated festival book, which celebrates the birth of Philip Prospero of Habsburg, prince of Asturias, the son of Philip IV of Spain, who died at the age of three in 1661. The Spanish diplomat García de Haro y Avellaneda, count of Castrillo, was viceroy of Naples between 1653 and 1658. Festivities included banquets, theatrical and musical performances, fireworks, masques, illuminations, and running at the ring. The larger plate shows the public celebration for the birth of the prince, with floats representing continents and the caption “Nic. Perrey ad instantiam D'Antonii Navarrete Marchionis Latertiae, equitis S.ti Jacobi, et a Consiliis S. Cathol. Maiest., sculpsit et excudit Anno 1658”. The other four plates depict the individual continent floats (Europe, Africa, Asia, America).

The printing date is presumed from the imprimatur, dated April 1659. The book is extremely rare to be found with all the plates.


Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\SBLE\013960; Michel & Michel, II, p. 107; Vinciana, 208; Palau, 90841.