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Italian Translation of Hero's Pneumatics

[FETE] HERO OF ALEXANDRIA. Gli Artificiosi et curiosi moti spiritali. Bologna, Carlo Zenero, 1647.

Second edition of Aleotti's Italian translation of Hero's Pneumatics, , of interest for 17th-century theatrical machinery and festival productions.

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19th Century German Neo-Classicism

[NEO-CLASSICISM / COSTUME] HIRT, Aloysius / BRÜHL, Karl Friedrich Moritz, Graf von. Die Weihe des EROS URANOS. Ein festlicher Aufzug mit Tanzen. Gegeben den 8 ten Januar 1818 in weissen Saale des Königlichen Schlosses, zur hohen Vermählungsfeier…des Prinzen Friedrich von Preussen…. Berlin, Wittich, 1818.

Rare first edition of this record of an extravagant pageant-ballet performed at the Wilhelmine court of William Friedrich III, first performed for his nephew and niece and encored for the King himself about a month later.

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Royal Wedding Circa 1714:
An 18th C. Life Magazine Account

[FETES] MAGGIALI, Giuseppe. Ragguaglio della Nozze delle Maestà Filippo Quinto e di Elisabetta Farnese...celebrate in Parma l’Anno 1714. Parma, Stamperia di S.A.S., 1717.

Rare fete book celebrating the nuptials of Philip V of Spain, the Founder of the Bourbon dynasty, and Elizabeth Farnese, at Parma Cathedral in September of 1714.

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SERRANO, Thomas. Fiestas seculares, con que la coronada ciudad de Valencia celebró el feliz cumplimiento del tercer siglo de la canonizacion de su esclarecido hijo, y angel protector S. Vincente Ferrer, Apostol de Europa. Valencia, La vidua de Joseph de Orga, 1762.

Rare first edition of an illustrated festival book describing the celebration in Valencia of the 300th anniversary of the canonization of St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), the Dominican friar and native of Valencia acclaimed for his missionary work, his application of logic to theology, and his efforts to end the Western Schism (1378-1418).

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[GAMES] / [VAUDEVILLE SONGS] [ANONYMOUS]. Zu singendes Lied und Vaudeville unter und auf das allerliebste, allgemein beliebte und unterhaltende Joujou de Normandie. Wisladen, s.n., 1792.

Extremely rare sole edition of two German vaudeville songs satirizing the contemporary obsession with the yo-yo. The present work – two strophic vaudeville songs to be sung to familiar tunes – attests to the arrival of the yo-yo fashion in Enlightenment Germany. An engraving shows a female and two male monkeys dressed in Revolutionary French fashion and happily performing tricks with their yo-yos.

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