Componimenti poetici per l’ingresso solenne alla dignità di proccuratore di S. Marco per merito di sua eccellenza il signor Lodovico Manin
Giovanni Battista Albrizzi, 1764
A sumptuous publication commemorating the election in 1763 of Ludovico Manin as one of nine Procuratori di San Marco, responsible for the administration of the sestieri “de ultra canalem” (Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, and San Polo). This was a high office, carrying life tenure, second in prestige only to that of the Doge. By the mid-18th century, it had become fashionable for the Venetian nobility to publish on these occasions a souvenir for guests, containing the texts of the canzoni, madrigals, and sonnets, epistles, or orations, performed or delivered at the ceremony. The 1763 Manin ingresso is considered to be the finest all such “presentation books”, “an epitome of magnificence and invention” and “one of the greatest illustrated books of its period” (Andrew Robison). It features a delightful set of page frames, head- and tail-pieces, designed and engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi, and elegantly composed and printed by Giovanni Battista Albrizzi (1698-1777), the most distinguished publisher in Venice. Our copy is bound in rose-coloured carte remondiniane, the covers block-printed in gold with the Manin family insignia centred in a design which mirrors Bartolozzi’s decoration within. Eight other copies in similar “presentation bindings” are known to survive.