By Brendan Dooley
Inside a badly broken reproduction of Straparola's 16th-century paintings, Piacevoli Notti, obtained in a Florentine vintage store in 2010, an inscription is located, attributing possession to a undeniable Angelica Baldachini. the invention units in movement a chain of inquiries, deploying wisdom approximately calligraphy, orthography, linguistics, dialectology and the socio-psychology of writing, to bare the individual in the back of the identify. Focusing as a lot at the attainable proprietor as upon the object owned, Angelica's e-book examines the genesis of the Piacevoli Notti and its many variants, together with the single in query. The intertwined tales of the booklet and its proprietor are set opposed to the backdrop of a Renaissance international, nonetheless imperfectly understood, within which literature and analyzing have been topic to regimes of keep an eye on; and the recent info throws elements of this global into additional reduction, specifically in regard to women's involvement with analyzing, books and information. The inquiry yields unforeseen insights in regards to the good judgment of unintended discovery, the character of facts, and the undertaking of the arts in a time of worldwide crisis.
Angelica's publication and the area of interpreting in past due Renaissance Italy is a thought-provoking learn for any pupil of early glossy Europe and its culture.
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Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy (Cultures of Early Modern Europe) by Brendan Dooley