166 Pages densely handwritten in beautiful cursive handwriting, perfectly legible, of Ambassador Marco Foscarini to his Doge, Pietro Grimani.
Signed and dated on the colophon: "Data li 2 marzo 1743. Marco Foscarini Cav. e Proc. Ambasciador straordinario ritornato dalla corte di Torino"
Elaborate and elegant title page, made in pen with sepia ink. Heraldic coat of arms of the Foscarini.
A precious piece of history of the Serenissima and the Savoy State.
"The report that in 1743 the Venetian Ambassador Marco Foscarini sent to his Doge, Pietro Grimani (Venice, 1677–1752), in which he describes the Piedmont of Charles Emmanuel III, is one of the masterpieces of the Venetian diplomatic tradition". [Treccani]
Title page with title inscribed within a complex aedicula surmounted by heraldic coat of arms with crown, motto in the part below, taken from Sallust: "nihil gloriosum, nisi totum et omnia retinendae dominationis honesta". Made in pen with sepia ink.
"Data li 2 marzo 1743. Marco Foscarini Cav. e Proc. Ambasciador straordinario ritornato dalla corte di Torino"
At the heart of F.’s examination were, more than the discussed problem of the kingdom's international position in the first phase of the War of the Austrian Succession, "the excellent systems" that Victor Amadeus II had given to the Savoy State. F. had been struck, in particular, by the "simplicity of the economic system in the collection and in the distribution of public money", a system that had allowed the kingdom's revenues to be doubled.
Coeval full parchment binding, marbled endpapers. Handwritten verse of Horace on the back of the initial blank sheet. Elegant title page with title inscribed within a complex aedicula surmounted by heraldic coat of arms with crown, with motto in the part below, all made in pen with sepia ink.
Pp. 166 unnumbered, densely handwritten with beautiful cursive handwriting; at the end of the last page: "Data li 2 marzo 1743. Marco Foscarini Cav. e Proc. Ambasciador straordinario ritornato dalla corte di Torino"; 1 blank sheet.
The date "li 2 Marzo 1743", refers to the day on which the Ambassador of the Serenissima finished the drafting of his report.
The first printed edition of the original text was published only in 1830, by Alliana in Turin, by Luigi Cibrario, in the volume Relazioni dello stato di Savoia negli anni 1574, 1670, 1743 written by the Venetian ambassadors Molini Bellegno and Foscarini. Later, under the title Relazione di Savoia di Marco Foscarini ambasciatore a Carlo Emanuele III, dall'anno 1741 all'anno 1743. The edition was then reissued by Barozzi and Berchet in their collection Relazioni degli stati europei lette al Senato dagli ambasciatori veneti, Serie III, vol. I, pp. 407-503. The report is considered a document of fundamental importance with regard to the life of the Turin court under Charles Emmanuel III.
Marco Foscarini (1696–1763): Venetian nobleman, scholar, writer, librarian, diplomat and historian. In 1735 he was made public historiographer of the Republic and in 1762 Doge. Pietro Foscarini, of a minor branch of his family, very rich and without heirs, appointed him his universal heir, giving him an immense patrimony.
- Number of Books
- Diplomacy, Venice, Serenissima, the Savoy State
- Author/ Illustrator
- Ambasciatore M. Foscarini
- Book Title
- Relazione della Corte di Torino
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Signed by author
- Number of pages
- 253×213 mm