AUCTION 35 | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 at 1:00
Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 146


Nel felicissimo passaggio di S.A.R. Madama Isabella, Infanta di Spagna & meritissima sposa di S.A.R. Arciduca Giuseppe d’Austria… per la citt`a di Mantova, Illuminazione del Ghetto degli Ebrei di detta citt`a [“Upon the visit of Isabella of Spain, spouse of Archduke Josef of Austria to the City of Mantua. Illumination of the Ghetto of the City.”] pp.24, (1). Light stains. Generally, crisp, clean copy. Contemporary soft marbled wrappers. Sm. folio

Verona: Agostino Carratoni Stampator Vescovile 1761 (i.e.1760)

Est: $3,000 - $4,000
“When Isabella of Spain, the betrothed of Archduke Josef of Austria (later Josef II), visited Mantua in 1760, the community arranged splendid celebrations in her honour, which were not limited to the illumination of the Ghetto. In the streets and squares of the Ghetto they set up allegorical figures and statues, hired orchestras, and printed an elaborate ‘programme’ full of flowery praise taken from Jewish and classical literature, in honour of the pair. The visitor came to the Ghetto to see the rich display, which had cost the community 86,463 Mantuan lire.” S. Simonsohn, History of the Jews in the Duchy of Mantua (1977), p. 177