[Giovanni Battista CINI]Descritione della Pompa funerale fatta nelle essequie del. Sig. Cosimo de Medici, Gran Duca di Toscana, nell'alma città di Fiorenza il giorno xvii. di Maggio dell'anno MDLXXIIII.
In Fiorenza, appresso Giunti, 1574.
Small 4to, modern quarter vellum over marbled boards. 20 unnumbered leaves (including title). Italic type.
Title within fine woodcut border with a fine small view of Florence. Woodcut medallion portrait of Cosimo de Medici on verso of title-page, two fine decorated capital letters, large woodcut printer’s mark on verso of last leaf. Complete.
Second revised edition published in the same year as the first edition.
Cosimo I de Medici (1519-1574) was Duke of Florence from 1537 to 1574, reigning as the first Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1569. He is perhaps best known today for the creation of the Uffizi. Originally intended as a means of consolidating his administrative control of the various committees, agencies, and guilds established in Florence’s Republican past, it now houses one of the world’s most important collections of art, much of it commissioned and/or owned by various Medici. He also finished the Pitti Palace as a home for the Medici and created the magnificent Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti. As his more prominent ancestors had been, he was also an important patron of the arts, supporting, among others, Vasari, Cellini, Pontormo, Bronzino, the architect Lanci, and the historians Scipione Ammirato and Benedetto Varchi.
Occasional faint marginal foxing, generally a very good clean copy.