How to Untangle Historic Libraries

Illuminating Collections through Inventories

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After the dissolution of religious orders in Italy in the 1860s, several collections that had belonged to religious houses were merged into those of public libraries. As a result, the provenance of each item is often uncertain. Based on the case-study of the former Servite cloister of San Pier Piccolo in Arezzo, this paper shows how inventories can prove helpful to identify books from a dispersed collection despite the absence of any clear ownership inscription.

How to Untangle Historic Libraries

Illuminating Collections through Inventories

in Quaerendo

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See Bruni art. cit. (n. 1: 2009) pp. 191-3; and F. Bruni ‘Erano di molti libri proibiti’: frate Lorenzo Lucchesi e la censura libraria a Lucca alla fine del Cinquecento (Roma 2009) pp. 26-7.

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See Bruni art. cit. (n. 1: 2009) pp. 192-3.

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See Bruni art. cit. (n. 1: 2009) pp. 192-4.

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    Paper label with intitulation on the spine of Arezzo, bca, e 183.
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    Spines of Arezzo, bca, e 246-8, originally from the library of San Pier Piccolo.
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    Inscription ‘F. Aug[ustin]i Goruccij servitae a Monte S[anct]i S[avin]i Aretini’ on the title-page of Arezzo, bca, I° 268.
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    Title-page of Arezzo, bca, ii 144, with ex libris of Cardinal Stefano Bonucci.
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    Ex libris of Cardinal Stefano Bonucci on the verso of the title-page of Arezzo, bca, I° 283.
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    Censored title-page of Arezzo, bca, xvi a 4.
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    Censored colophon of Arezzo, bca, xvi a 4.

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