Almanacco della Real Casa e Corte per l'anno 1825.Naples: Dalla Stamperia Reale, 1825 Stock Code: 135846
A particularly attractive copy of this scarce regal almanac for the court of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, formed in 1815 by the union of the kingdoms of Sicily and Naples, existing as an entity until Garibaldi's invasion of 1860. This edition was issued in the year of the death of Ferdinand I (1751-1825): "undereducated, boisterous, he liked nothing better than to hunt. Sir William Hamilton, while ambassador to the Neapolitan court, retained an attitude of diplomatic regard for the monarch, noting generously, that he was thought 'not to have a great share of sensibility'" (Ouditt, p. 29). Library Hub locates one copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries (Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire); WorldCat cites the editions of 1823 (location not given) and 1828 (Lucerne only).
Octavo (137 x 95 mm). Contemporary red morocco, smooth spine gilt lettered direct and divided by interlocking circle rolls framing metope-and-pentaglyph rolls, foliate centre tools, sides with paired gilt fillets enclosing broad scrolling foliate frame, large gilt centre stamp of the arms of the Two Sicilies, gilt milled edge roll, gilt edges, marbled endpapers.
Engraved portrait frontispiece of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies by R. Estevan after V. Camuccini, hand-coloured folding map of the kingdom; title page with wood-engraved royal arms.
Short closed-tear at stub of folding map. An excellent copy.
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