Record number 03/1997
Author Alberti, Giovanni Matteo, fl. ca. 1686?
TitleGiuochi Festivi, E Militari, Danze, Serenate, Machine, Boscareccia Artificiosa, Regatta Solenne, Et altri sontuosi apprestamenti di Allegrezza Esposti Alla Sodisfattione Universale Dalla Generosità deel'A. S. D'Ernesto Augusto Duca Di Brusvich, E Luneburgo, Prencipe D'Osnapruch, &c. Nel tempo di suo dimora in Venetia Il tutto descritto, & espresso con sue figure Dal D. Gio: Matteo Alberti Medico Si S.A.S. Et alla medesima Altezza Serenissima Consacrate.
ImprintIn Venetia: Nella Stamparia di Andrea Poletti Con Licenza De' Superiori., M. DC. LXXXVI.
Physical Description34 p., 11 pl. (9 fold.): [1] illus.; 510 mm. (Folio. In sixes.)
Physical Description NotePages 1-6 carry no numbers: these have been added by hand in the Royal Academy's copy. Letter-press and plates are pasted onto larger sheets. The British Library's copy includes a long folding plate showing a panorama of the whole regatta moving down the Grand Canal.
Content Format Note[T.p.] - [Illus: arms] - [Dedic.] - A Chi Legge - Noi Reformatori Della Studio di Padoua ... - [Text, with pl.; imprimatur].
Summary NoteThe plates present the reader with a succession of fantastically carved and decorated boats, each more surprising than the last, together with their costumed crews, and other temporary, festive constructions. The illustration on page [2] shows the arms of the elector.

The explanatory text is presented under the following headings: Boscaglia, Et Esercitii Militari Sopra il Lido di Venetia; Serenate A Universale Diletto; Origine, Introduttione, Et essenza della Regatta; Descrittione Della Machina, Che servì di meta à Remiganti ... ; Peota Di Venere; Di Marte; Di Glauco; Di Diana; Di Giunone; Di Pallade; Descrittione Della Margherota di S.A.S.; D'Altre Peota; Della Regatta Grande; Della Serenata Grande, Con Sua Nobilissima Machina; Della Machina Accennata.
Responsibility NoteMost plates are signed as engraved by 'ADalla Via'; some, by 'APortio'[?]; two are unsigned.

The illustration on page [2] is unsigned.

The work is dedicated by Gio: Matteo Alberti to 'Serenissima Altezza', Duke Ernst August (afterwards Elector of Hanover, and father of George I of Great Britain).
SubjectFestivals - Fetes - Pageants - Regattas - Celebrations - Boats - Italy - Venice - History - 17th century - Baroque
Emblem books - Views - Vedute - Italy - 17th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 17th century
Name as Subject Ernst August, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, 1629 - 1698
ReproductionsThe British Library's copy may be viewed in detail under 'Renaissance festival books' in its 'Treasures in full' section.
ReferencesA survey of pageants was B. Holme, Princely feasts and festivals: five centuries (1988).
Binding Note19th-century half red morocco; gilt-tooled spine, lettered, 'Givochi Festivi', 'R.A.', '1686'.
ProvenanceAcquired by 1802. Recorded in A Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).
Variant TitleGivochi festivi
Contributors Poletti, Andrea, publisher
Ernst August, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, 1629 - 1698, dedicatee
Via, Alexandro dalla, fl. ca. 1686 - 1729, engraver
Portio, Aniello, fl. ca. 1686?, engraver
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