Descrizione Della Presa D’Argo E De Gli Amori Di Linceo Con Hipermestra; Festa Teatrale.

Florence, Ducal Printer, 1658. 4to. 32p. Woodcut title vignette. Early 19th century red straight-grained paper boards, author & title gilt on the front panel. Only Edition. An eyewitness of the 12 June 1658 premier at the Florentine Teatro de la Pergola, Rucellai offers a minute synopsis of Pier Francesco Cavalli’s opera L’Hipermestra and the accompanying ballets the Ballo dell furie and Abbatimento de’ cavalieri. He names the singers and dancers and describes Ferdinando Tacca’s stage sets. He also recounts the lavish hospitality of cardinal Gian Carlo de’ Medici, who commissioned the opera to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Asturias, Philip Prospero (1657-61) to Philip IV of Spain. In good condition (without the errata leaf).Clubb, Italian Plays 745; Sartori, I libretti italiani 7644; Enc. dello spettacolo 3: 267-71; New Grove2 5: 303; Palau 176215. Item #7709

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