Iter Italicum is intended to provide a list of Renaissance manuscripts (1350-1600), mostly in Latin or Italian, of philosophical, scientific, philological or literary content. The list is arranged by countries, cities, libraries, collections and shelf-marks. Some manuscripts are listed on the basis of handwritten inventories (descriptions). Collections for which good printed catalogues are available are omitted in most cases. The purpose is to call attention to unknown writings of the period or to unknown copies of known works. All the volumes serve as useful reference works for scholars in the history of philosophy, the sciences, classical learning, grammar and rhetoric, Neolatin literature, historiography of the theory of the arts and of music and related subjects. By scanning the volume or through its index, scholars will be able to find source material for individual writers as well as for certain subjects, problems or themes.
Paul Oskar Kristeller, born 1905, has received doctorates in the field of philosophy from the University of Heidelberg (1928) and the University of Pisa (1937). In addition, he holds many honorary degrees. He has taught in Florence, Pisa, Yale and finally, Columbia University where he rose from associate in philosophy to professor and was appointed in 1968 F.J.E Woodbridge Professor before retiring in 1973. He has published numerous books and articles on almost every aspect of Renaissance thought and remains the foremost living historian of Renaissance thought and philosophy.
...will rank among the most notable achievements of twentieth century scholarship ...' R.W.,
Italian Studies. '... Iter Italicum
est un merveilleux instrument de travail...' Ch.J. Ermatinger,
…this is a vivid reminder of how much scholarly work remains to be done and how grateful we continue to be to Professor Kristeller.' Virginia Brown,
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. '
...to say that this volume  will exert a powerful influence on Renaissance studies is certainly no exaggeration.' R.W.,
Italian Studies. '
Das werk ist eine Fundgrube ersten Ranges, das noch vielen Generationen von Humanismusforschern hervorragende Dienste leisten wird.' Eckehart Stöve,
Quellen und Forschungen. '
...it remains only to stress once again the inexhaustible richness of this book, and to praise once again the learning and the energy of its author.' Anthony Grafton,
Princeton University. '
...will long serve as a useful guide to very serious scholars of the Renaissance...'
Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 1933. Paul Oskar Kristeller received the Charles Homer Haskins Medal for 1992 for volumes 4 and 5 of
scholars in the history of philosophy, the sciences, classical learning, Neolatin literature, historiography of the theory of the arts and of music and related subjects.