Catalogus Codicum Manuscriptorum qui in Bibliotheca Riccardiana Florentiae adservantur in quo multa Opuscula anecdota in lucem passim proferuntur et plura ad Historiam litterariam locupletandam inlustrandamque idonea, antea ignota exhibentur Jo. Lamio. FLORENCE BIBLIOTECA RICCARDIANA.

A Handsome Private Library Catalogue of Early MSS.

Catalogus Codicum Manuscriptorum qui in Bibliotheca Riccardiana Florentiae adservantur in quo multa Opuscula anecdota in lucem passim proferuntur et plura ad Historiam litterariam locupletandam inlustrandamque idonea, antea ignota exhibentur Jo. Lamio.

Engraved frontis., engraved vignette on title, & one engraved plate (reproducing specimens of handwriting). xxvi, [2], 436 pp. Folio, cont. vellum over boards. Liburni: A. Sanctini, 1756.

The collections of early books, manuscripts, and works of art in the Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence were begun in the 16th century by Riccardo Romolo Riccardi. In the last decades of the 17th century it was significantly enlarged by Francesco Riccardi, partially as a result of the dowry of his wife, Cassandra Capponi. Her father Vincenzio, an erudite and famous man of letters and science closely connected with the circle of Galileo, had left his daughter part of his extensive library of scientific and philosophical texts. The collections were housed in the magnificent palazzo in Via Larga (today Via Cavour), which was purchased from the Medicis in 1659, and is today known as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

The Riccardi family was unusual in that they allowed the public to use the library throughout most of the 18th century.

The present catalogue, prepared by Giovanni Lami (1697-1770), the famous librarian and antiquarian, describes about 3000 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. This was one of the finest collections of early manuscripts in private hands at the time. It included many splendid illuminated and text manuscripts as well as autograph manuscripts by Petrarch, Boccaccio, Savonarola and of the greatest humanists including Alberti, Ficino, Poliziano and Pico della Mirandola.

Fine copy. Bookplate A.R.A. Hobson. With a note on front paste-down endpaper: “Coll & perf: FCB. May. 1850.” This was Francis Capper Brooke (1810-86).

❧ Nicolini 22. Ottino-Fumagalli 2941–“rarely found in commerce.”.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 5014

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