Funerali Antichi di Diversi Popoli, et Nationi; Forma, Ordine, et Pompa di Sepolture, di Etsequie, di Consecrationi, et d'Altro: (Ancient Funerals of Different Peoples, and Nations...)
Venice (Venetia): Printed by Simon Calignani, 1574. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. (8) 109 (1)pp. Rebound in full leather with ornate period blind-stamped decor on covers, gilt lettering on spine; raised bands. Red edges. Title page with elaborate architectural framing. Historiated woodcut initials. Twenty-three headpiece copper engravings (3 3/4 x6") for each chapter, and tailpiece vignettes. Contains author's dedication to Ottaviano Manini and five page table of notable facts (Index), with errata note. Woodcut on colophon at rear is the printer's device, initialed S. C. K. with his motto "The Tower and the Strength of my God."
Famous work on ancient customs of funeral rites and ceremonies among Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Scythians, Cavemen and Christians by author and cartographer Thomaso Porcacchi, illustrated by Girolamo Porro. Written as a dialog between author and two characters praising the talent of Girolamo Porro and the quality of his work. Porro, who's eyesight was impaired, is also credited with the design of a "flying machine," able to transport many man. Porro also illustrated Porcacchi's 1572 publication "Isole piu famose del Mondo (Most Famous Islands of the World)." Porcacchi's work on funeral rites known to have been consulted in arranging high profile funerals, e.g. that of Cosimo I. de Medici. Text in Italian. Page 51 misnumbered 15. Binding with light wear along edges, light streaking to boards. Some offsetting along edges of free endpapers form leather binding. Original endpapers and title page with some age-toning, else only minor blemishes in block. Very good condition. Item #47005