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Archives and Book Culture in Early Modern Florence Seminar, Medici Archive Project

Tuesday, February 26, 2019   (0 Comments)

The Medici Archive Project (MAP) and the International Studies Institute (ISI Florence) will offer a pilot six-day seminar whose aim is to explore the vast archival territory relating to printers and bookshops in Grand Ducal Tuscany (including Jewish, women and Protestant printers); the costs of printing and distributing books; the transition from draft to printed text; the timing of distribution; the construction of public and private libraries; the patronage and reception of books; second-hand book shops; books in Italian and European news networks; translations of texts; political and religious censorship; copyright issues; books as diplomatic gifts; medical and scientific treatises; university manuals.

The seminar sessions will be taught at the MAP and ISI Florence headquarters. Participants will also be working with letters, inventories, account books, recipe books, avvisi, permits, patents, contracts, diaries, libri di ricordi, court verdicts, papal bulls and briefs at the Archivio di Stato and Archivio della Curia Arcivescovile as well as literary manuscripts, zibaldoni, and printed texts at the Biblioteca Nazionale, and Biblioteca Riccardiana.

The seminar week is composed of 3/4 lectures and transcription sessions per day, lasting between 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. Seminar instructors include Alessio Assonitis, Stefano Baldassarri, Sheila Barker, Stefano Dall’Aglio, Brendan Dooley, Paul Gwynne, Lisa Kaborycha, Piergabriele Mancuso, Marcello Simonetta, and David Speranzi. A tentative list of lectures includes:

  • Print Culture at the Medici Court: Patronage, Literacy, and Exchange
  • Constructing the Early Modern Library: Benedetto Varchi, Giovanni Mazzuoli, and Cosimo I de’ Medici
  • The Business of Books: Print Shops and Booksellers in Florence
  • Censorship and Propaganda from Savonarola to the Counter-Reformation
  • Tuscan Universities: The Studio Fiorentino and the Studio Pisano
  • Books in Early Modern News Networks
  • From Manuscript to Print: Conceiving, Revising, and Publishing Machiavelli’s Prince
  • Copyright in Early Modern Florence
  • Medical and Scientific Treatises
  • The Ducal Press: Torrentino and Giunta
  • Jewish Booksellers in Florence and Venice Florentine “Zibaldoni”


Prospective applicants should send the following materials to education@medici.org:

1) one-page CV
2) a brief statement explaining how this course will help their current research

The tuition is US $600.

Submission deadline: June 1st

The email address above should also be used for queries on administrative details, course tuition, and general information.


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