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OLMO, Fortunato O.S.B. Printed by Evangelista Deuchino
Historia della venuta à Venetia occultamente nel 1177 di Papa Alessandro III e dela vittoria ottenuta da Sebastiano Ziani Doge.
[Venice, Evangelista Deuchino], 1629. 4to. [4]f including title within elaborate engraved border + 344p. Some ornamental woodcut initials. Boards. First edition of the Venetian Benedictine monk's vivid account of the historic secret peace meeting of Pope Alexander III and the Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa held at Venice on 24th July 1177 in the presence of the incumbent Doge Sebastiano Ziano (1172-78)and of the resulting military advantages secured for the Republic. The lower panel of the engraved title page shows the Emperor kneeling before the Pope with the Doge standing on his right in the presence of bishops. The upper border incorporates portraits of St Peter and St Mark. Venice was part of the anti-imperial Lombard league of cities that defeated Frederick Barbarossa at Legnano (1176). The Emperor thus had to recognize the supremacy of the Papacy. The imprint is the last recorded from the press of the celebrated Venetian typographer Evangelista Deuchino. A good copy; right blank margin of first 3 leaves strengthened. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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