Lot 18
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  • L'armata navale... divisa in doi libri. Ne i quali si ragion del modo, che si ha a tenere per formare, ordinare, & conservare un'armata maritima. Rome: Egidio Spada, 1614
first edition, 4to (217 x 153mm.), engraved coat-of-arms on title-page, woodcut printer's device above colophon, later seventeenth-century Spanish or Neapolitan red morocco gilt, central gilt arms of Guzman and Carafa on upper cover, lower cover with crest containing the legend "Revoluta foecundant", spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges, ++1_4 & 2_3 transposed, some browning or foxing, a few small wormholes (touching a few letters), extremities slightly rubbed


Felipe Ramirez de Guzman, duke of Medina de las Torres (c. 1600-1668) and his (second) wife Anna Carafa, arms on covers; Raffaele Settembrini, stamp on title-page; bought in Naples in 1905, inscription on verso of flyleaf.

Several books are recorded bound in this fashion for Ramirez de Guzman, who was viceroy of Naples from 1637 to 1644, including John Florio's Queen Anna's new world of worlds (London, 1611) and Lucan's Pharsalia (Basel, 1578). Although this particular book has definite Neapolitan connections, it is thought that Ramirez de Guzman did not use this crest until he returned to Spain in 1645.


BL STC Italian p.653; Riccardi vii 66-67