Lot 8
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Bonarelli, Prospero

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Bonarelli, Prospero
  • Il Solimano, Tragedia. Florence: (Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620)
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4to (207 x 154mm.), engraved title and 5 folding etched plates by Jacques Callot, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut printer's device at end with Jupiter and its four satellites within the Medici arms, modern crushed blue morocco gilt by Rolando Gozzi of Modena, spine gilt in compartments, grey silk endpapers, gilt edges, E4 repaired at lower corner


Piero Ginori-Conti, armorial bookplate; Giannalisa Feltrinelli, embossed stamp


Cicognara 1086

Catalogue Note

Il Solimano was one of the most popular seventeenth-century theatrical dramas, splendidly illustrated here by Jacques Callot after stage designs by Giulio Parigi. Each of the five acts is preceded by an etching depicting its main event played against the same set throughout, except that the statues in the niches vary. The final etching shows the scenery being consumed by flames as the last act ends in a holocaust. The title-page etching of Suliman standing between two pedestals heaped with trophies is present here in the second state, with the inscription below the Medici arms and the artist's signature at bottom left; also present are the partially obliterated two lines of text which always appear above and below his name in this state.