Oratione del Signor Zambattista Vianello Ambasciatore della Citta di Chioggia,…

honouring the Doges of Venice
VIANELLO, Giovanni Battista.

Oratione del Signor Zambattista Vianello Ambasciatore della Citta di Chioggia, Nell’Assontione al Principato di Venetia, del Serenissimo Giovanni Bembo. Recitata li 21. d’Aprile 1616. Venice, Deuchino, 1616. [bound after:] GRIGIS, Giovanni Pietro.

Oratione al serenissimo Antonio Priuli Principe di Venetia. Venice, Deuchino, 1618.

First Editions. 4to (198 x 148 mm & 192 x 142 mm), Vianello: pp. [8], in plain paper as wrappers with blank endleaves; Grigris: pp. [16], blank endleaves and outer paper wrappers, with a feint paint wash to front and rear, the front cover with a watercolour of the Priuli arms within a painted oval, both works sewn in to a later wallet-style limp vellum binding, the vellum decorated with simple ruling, later green cord used as a tie.

Two orations written in celebration of the elevation to the role of Doge of Venice by two Venetian dignitaries. This was an interesting time in the history of Venice, with the war against Austrian-funded pirates raging as well as the threat of Spanish invasion. The Doges being celebrated are Giovanni Bembo (1543-1618), who was elected the 92nd Doge on 2nd December 1615, and of Antonio Priuli (1548-1623), the 94th Doge, who was elevated in May 1618 and remained in office until his death. Vianello is described as the ambassador from Chioggia and Grigis, described as ‘il Morlacco’, dedicates his speech to Felice Nola, ‘canonico d’albe de Marsi’. This is a charming object, the Grigis oration embellished with hand-painted arms on the outer wrapper and both speeches preserved at some later date in a wallet-style vellum binding.

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