All’eterna fama dell’eminentissimo e reverendissimo signor cardinale Giovanni Maria Riminaldi il Collegio dei riformatori della Pontificia Università di Ferrara le presenti lugubri memorie dedica e consacra.


Tipografo: eredi di Giuseppe Rinaldi

Dati tipografici: Ferrara, 1790

Formato: in folio


Large folio (mm. 430x305); contemporary decorated cardboards (spine defective); LII pp. With a large portrait of Riminaldi as frontispiece beautifully engraved by G. Emili upon drawing by Anton von Maron (whose oil portrait of the cardinal is preserved at the Musei Civici of Ferrara). A very nice copy printed on thick paper and with huge margins.
RARE FIRST EDITION. The volume contains a brief description of the funeral, a number of inscriptions in its memory, the funeral oration pronounced by Petronio Ignazio Zecchini and various notes containing detailed information on the life of Riminaldi, its collection and the university reform which he promoted.
Giovanni Maria Riminaldi (1718-1789) completed his studies in canon and civil law at Ferrara, his hometown, then began in Rome the ecclesiastical career at the papal curia, holding important positions until he was appointed cardinal in 1785. From 1771, on behalf of Pope Clement XIV, he strove to reform the Study of Ferrara and to revitalize its University, Museum and Public Library.
Riminaldi was also an avid collector of art and antiques. In the last years of his life he left his extensive collection to the city of Ferrara, arranging it in Palazzo Paradiso, at the time seat of the University. Today the Riminaldi Museum is housed in Palazzo Bonacossi (cf. E. Bonatti & M.T. Gulinelli, eds., Museo Riminaldi, Rome, 2006).
Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\RAVE\006006.