Group of 39 paper "cards" bearing manuscript coats-of-arms and inscriptions, ink and wash, each approximately 120 x 80 mm, 1570s, some light browning, soiling and chipping.
An unusual form of album amicorum, consisting of individual leaves collected by Feliciano Ninguarda [1524-1595], one of the main movers of the Counter-Reformation. He was Bishop of Scala, Sant'Agata de' Goti, and Como, Governor of the bishopric of Regensburg, and Apostolic Nuncio to Upper Germany. During a series of synods and as papal nuncio, he traveled extensively through Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland, and it was perhaps on these trips that he assembled the present set of "cards." Each features a coat-of-arms with family motto and a usually dated inscription to Ninguarda. Most of the figures represented are clergymen, naturally.