Pavia, G.A. Magri c. 1650.
Folio (340 mm.). Frontis., [xxiv], 124 [r. 104]p. and SIX FOLDING AND FOUR FULL-PAGE ETCHED PLATES (Curleto).
Contemporary gilt-ruled mottled calf (worn, repaired), the gilt cipher of Paul-Alexandre Pétau on the spine (lacks label), edges mottled red.
Only Edition, recording the June 1649 entry into Pavia of Maria Anna (age 14; 1634-96), Archduchess of Austria, on her way to consummate her marriage to her uncle, Philip IV of Spain (age 44…). Freighted with emblems, allegory and classical mythology, the triumphal arches depict the deeds of the Hapsburgs. Pavia belonged to Spain from 1535 to 1714. A crisp copy (two natural paper flaws with the loss of a few letters, short split in one plate). Formed over two generations, the Pétau library was dispersed in 1722.
¶Watanabe-O’Kelly & Simon, Festivals & Ceremonies A Bibliography 1155; Lozzi, Biblioteca istorica della…Italia 3422; Palau 159048.