Florence, Ducal Printer 1658.
Early 19th-century red straight-grained paper boards, author and title gilt on the front panel.
Only Edition of this eyewitness account of the 12 June 1658 premier of Pier Francesco Cavalli’s opera at the Florentine Teatro de la Pergola and of the two accompanying ballets, Il Ballo dell furie and Abbatimento de’ cavalieri. Gian Carlo de’ Medici commissioned and mounted the performances to celebrate the birth of Felipe Próspero (1657-61) to Philip IV of Spain. Rucellai gives a minute synopsis, names the singers and dancers and describes Ferd. Tacca’s stage sets. In good condition (without the errata leaf).
¶Clubb, Italian Plays 745; Sartori, I Libretti italiani 7644; Enciclopedia dello spettacolo 3: 267-71; New Grove2 5: 303; Palau 176215.