Title: All Imperiale, e Reale Arciduchessa Maria ...
Publication Date: 1842
Calligraphic manuscript in Italian, written in gold on green glazed paper. [Lisbon, Portugal?], 1842. 18 leaves (275 x 224 mm). Title within a rich figurated border depicting muses of art and music, soldiers and classical figures, all finely executed in gold. 5 large drawings and several head- and tail- pieces also in gold. 20th-century green quarter morocco; (extraordinarily fresh, corners of leaves only slightly creased, not taking away from the richness of the page). Bookplate of Cornelius J. Hauck to front pastedown. A fine calligraphic manuscript on the occasion of the wedding of the Adelaide of Austria (1822-1855) to Victor Emmanuel of Sardinia (1820-1878), and later Crown Prince of Italy. On 12 April 1842, at the Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi, the nuptials between the first cousins (once removed) cemented relations between the House of Savoy and the House of Habsburg. The usual splendid court festivities took place at Turin, but there was missing one key element: the joy and participation of the people. When the wedding cortège passed through the crowded streets, not a cheer was heard. The intermingling of the white uniforms of the Austrian officers and the blue of the Piedmontese offended the national sentiments of the Turinese. The wedding was viewed by many people of the time as an increase of Austrian power in Italy. It is unusual therefore to find this commemorative work plentiful in poetry and celebratory imagery dedicated to the royal couple. Bookseller Inventory # D3806
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