1598 · Bologna
Extremely rare first edition of this account of the festivities held in honor of the grand entry into Bologna of the Pope Clement VIII, en route back to Rome after a long visit to Ferrara.
The etchings, designed and cut by Guido Reni, depict the triumphal arches and statues built for the event. These are Reni's first book illustrations. In answer to an apparently large demand, a second edition, bearing an additional plate (though not described in the text), was printed in Bologna by Benacci in 1599. Another edition, undated but surely issued slightly later, was printed in Bologna by Giuseppe Longhi under the title: Dissegni degl'apparati fatti in Bologna per la venuta di N.S. Papa Clemente VIII.
A 23-year old Guido Reni was commissioned to design the city decorations and, in order to record his triumphal arches and columns, he executed a series of free sketches from which these etchings were produced.
G. Fantuzzi, Notizie degli scrittori bolognesi, Bologna, 1781, I, p. 61; A. Sorbelli, Storia della stampa in Bologna, Bologna 1929, p. 114; Edit 16, 5105; Frati, Bibliografia Bolognese, nos. 4594-4595; Cicognara, 1402; H. Watanabe-O'Kelly & A. Simon, Festivals and ceremonies, 2000, p. 127; Bartch, pp. 292-300 (Guido Reni); B. Michell, The Majesty of the State, Florence, 1986, p. 13. (Inventory #: 43)