1659 · Naples
Extremely rare first edition of this lavishly illustrated festival book, which celebrates the birth of Philip Prospero of Habsburg, prince of Asturias, the son of Philip IV of Spain, who died at the age of three in 1661. The Spanish diplomat García de Haro y Avellaneda, count of Castrillo, was viceroy of Naples between 1653 and 1658. Festivities included banquets, theatrical and musical performances, fireworks, masques, illuminations, and running at the ring. The larger plate shows the public celebration for the birth of the prince, with floats representing continents and the caption "Nic. Perrey ad instantiam D'Antonii Navarrete Marchionis Latertiae, equitis S.ti Jacobi, et a Consiliis S. Cathol. Maiest., sculpsit et excudit Anno 1658". The other four plates depict the individual continent floats (Europe, Africa, Asia, America).
The printing date is presumed from the imprimatur, dated April 1659. The book is extremely rare to be found with all the plates.
Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\SBLE\013960; Michel & Michel, II, p. 107; Vinciana, 208; Palau, 90841. (Inventory #: 42)