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La Rosa Trionfante nella partenza dell'Ill - PAULETTA, Giovanni Andrea; CLEMENTI - 1686. [1273937]
Padua: Gio. Battista Pasquati, 1686. 4to (211 x 162 mm). [40] pages. Half-title, engraved frontispiece showing the arms of Mocenigo (two roses, argent on a sable ground and sable on an argent ground) held aloft by two maidens and with a pair of putti holding a crown at top; woodcut rose vignette on title, repeated in text, woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut and typographic ornaments. Fine. Modern boards. *** A pretty gratulatory volume of verse and prose tributes to the podestà of Padua, Alvise "Luigi" Mocenigo (1628-1701) on the occasion of his retirement. By law, god knows why, every male member of the Mocenigo family was named Alvise; to avoid confusion they used numbers, and this Alvise was no. 9, but for the purposes of this tribute, he was the one and only Luigi M. Blessed with a calm temperament, Luigi fulfilled the charges of his offices responsibly, including the highest office of Podestà, which he held from 1684 to 1686, earning the approbation of his fellow citizens by promoting commerce, education, and the smooth administration of justice; and the compliments paid him in this volume, by G. A. Pauletta, Doctor F. M. B., Clementi (who signed the dedication), and anonymous authors of an ode, a madrigal and an epigram, were probably at least partly sincere. Pauletta's contribution is the eponymous Rosa Trionfante, a festival play, which was no doubt performed and enacted with a float and costumes: a triumphal chariot (trionfo in Italian, hence the wordplay of the title) is pulled along the shores of the Adriatic by four large winged lions wearing crowns of roses. The goddesses Virtue, Justice, Peace and Abundance stand at the four corners of the chariot. In the middle atop a superbissimo throne piled with roses, gems and gold, sits the departing podestà, flanked by Antenor (counselor to Priam King of Troy) and a personified Padua, who are given the main speaking parts in this 10-page playlet. Surrounding the coach are a chorus of "innumerable" Padovani carrying banners and applauding, shouting "Viva, Luigi, Viva!" The volume's collation is A20, consisting of ten quarto half-sheets inserted one inside the other, in a form of "nested" quiring only commonly used 100 years later, in France, by almanac printers. Soranzo 5783; cf. DBI vol. 75 (entry online). No copies located by OCLC or ICCU; not in Piantanida.
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