WITH 64 BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLORED ENGRAVINGS OF VATICAN ECCLESIASTICAL VESTMENTS AND MILITARY COSTUME
(COSTUME). Costumi Religiosi Adobbamenti delle Cappelle Palazzi Pontifici. Rome: Presso il Deposito di Stampe, circa 1830. Slim folio (9-1/2 by 14 inches), contemporary half calf gilt, marbled boards, uncut.
Beautiful early 19th-century collection of 64 vibrantly hand-colored engraved plates depicting early liturgical, administrative and military garb at the Vatican.
Drawn and engraved by numerous arists, these 64 brilliantly hand-colored plates offer vivid glimpses of the pomp and pageantry of the early 19th-century papal court. The baroque-styled additional engraved title plate pictures the papal throne in celestial glory, with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending. The remaining 63 plates depict various styles of garb for not only the Pope but also cardinals and other pontifical officials, priests and monks, and the famous Swiss Guard. The number of plates found in copies of this scarce volume vary. Owner signatures.
Interior very nearly fine with scattered light foxing largely confined to margins. Binding very good with mild rubbing to spine, light abrasions to boards, mild wear to corners.