An Extremely Rare Account of the 1565 Carnival of Florence

    [Domenico Mellini, attributed to]. Le Dieci Mascherate delle bufole mandate in Firenze il giorno di carnouale l'anno 1565. Con la descrittione di tutta la pompa delle maschere, e loro inuentioni. Florence: Appresso i Guinti, 1566. First edition of this very rare book. Small octavo. 56 pages (with publisher's pagination error, with page 9 numbered as 17 and pagination continues from that point). Bound in later paste-paper boards. Some wear, soiling and repairs (including one tape repair to spine) to boards, front pastedown soiled, bookplate of previous owner on front free endpaper, small ink numerals on title-page, text occasionally foxed. Still, a very good copy of a rare book (Worldcat only has three copies in institutions, and only two other copies have been at auction in the last seventy years).
    This title is an account of the 1565 Carnival in Florence in which there were ten masked groups, each being led by a "bufala" (a female buffalo) in costume. It also describes, in detail, the fancy dress of the participants (with many noble figures of the time), as well as the activities - including a race of the "bufalas," music, dancing, and fireworks. The Carnival lasted until the early morning hours of the next day. From the library of John Carrol Collins.

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