Le feste torinesi dell’aprile MDCCCXLII descritte dal cavaliere Luigi Cibrario.

Autore: CIBRARIO, Luigi (1802-1870)

Tipografo: Alessandro Fontana

Dati tipografici: Torino, 1842

Formato: in ottavo

8vo; editorial printed wrappers (spine slightly damaged); 123, (1 blank) pp. and 12 lithographic plates, of which 10 full-page, one double-page (view of the joust amphitheater) and one folding (the masquerade court ball), cut upon drawings by Palagi, Sada, Leoni and Padrone. Light marginal foxing, some quires a bit loose, but a good genuine copy.
FIRST EDITION of this report on the lavish celebrations held in Turin on the occasion of the marriage of Victor Emmanuel II (who later will become the first king of Italy) with his cousin Maria Adelaide of Austria. Turin was brightly lit up for the event, a great masked ball was held at the Royal Palace, water games were organized on the river Po and a joust took place in the beautiful Piazza San Carlo.
To the preparations contributed in particular the artist Pelagio Pelagi, who transformed the saloon of the Swiss Guards in the ballroom and took part in the staging of the water games on the Po (cf. Mostra Pelagio Palagi, artista e collezionista, Bologna, Apr.-Sept. 1976 - Turin, Nov. 1976-Febr. 1977, Bologna, 1976, p. 151).
The volume then lists all the knights, belonging to different orders (Constantine, San Lazzaro, Savoy, Piedmont and Rhodes), who formed the various quadrilles of the joust.
A. Peyrot, Torino nei secoli, Turin, 1965, 467 and 454; Lozzi, 5388 (mentions only 11 plates); Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\LO1\0316154 (wrongly mentions 13 plates).