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T. Livio Historia Romana decades 1493

Librarian Rita Aiello

Father Masetti defined the incunabula collection of the Casanatense as outstanding or perhaps the only collection ("egregia o forse unica raccolta").

It was created for the most part in the 1700's with acquisitions from Gian Domenico Agnani or Giovanni Battista Audiffredi, one of the most important learned figures in the area of Roman bibliographical erudition of that time.
Thanks to Audiffredi the Library has two important incunabulum inventories, dedicated to Roman and Italian editions.
The Collection is made up of 2.000 pieces covering a wide disciplinary spectrum from the Bible to theology and canon law, from philosophy to science to pseudo-science, from the Greek and Latin classics to humanistic literature.

 

 

Bibliography:
elencoA.M. Adorisio, Cultura e lingua volgare a Roma fra Quattrocento e Cinquecento, in Studi di biblioteconomia e storia del libro in onore di Francesco Barberi, Roma, AIB, 1976
elencoLa Biblioteca Casanatense, Firenze, Nardini, 1993