Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd
FESTIVAL LANTERN SHADE?
Viva Ferdinando [Tuscany] c.1790Description
One large single leaf, originally 23 x 31.3 cms., folded twice to form a flattened tube of 19.9 cms. width, with 3.1 cms. of paper overlapping where the glue has been applied. Yellow paper. Large woodcut armorial with text above, 'VIVA FERDINANDO'. Slight worming, very light soiling, touch of professional repair, but good.Footnote
This celebratory item, ostensibly a flattened tube of yellow paper, bears a large armorial of Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, with the motto 'Viva Ferdinando' (long live Ferdinand). It appears intended for placing around a lantern or a post; copies whose ends were not stuck together could perhaps equally have functioned as little banners.