Inventario e Stima della Libreria Riccardi. Manoscritti e Edizioni del Secolo XV.
by (BIBLIOTECA RICCARDIANA, FLORENCE).
1 p.l., 225,  (blank), xviii,  pp. Large 4to, early 20th-cent. half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine, entirely uncut. Florence: 1810. The collections of early books, manuscripts, and works of art in the Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence were begun in the 16th century by Riccardo Romolo Riccardi. In the last decades of the 17th century it was significantly enlarged by Francesco Riccardi, partially as a result of the dowry of his wife, Cassandra Capponi. Her father Vincenzio, an erudite and famous man of letters and science closely connected with the circle of Galileo, had left his daughter part of his extensive library of scientific and philosophical texts. The collections were housed in the magnificent palazzo in Via Larga (today Via Cavour), which was purchased from the Medicis in 1659, and is today known as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The Riccardi family was unusual in that they allowed the public to use the library throughout most of the 18th century. In the latter part of the 18th century the family's fortunes began their decline and the Riccardis were forced to consider selling the collections. The present catalogue was prepared as an inventory in preparation for the sale by auction starting in July 1811. We learn from the "Manifeste" at the beginning of the catalogue the collections had been appraised and catalogues were soon to be available throughout Europe (Renouard in Paris, Pasquali in Venice, Orell and Dueli in Zurich, Pachoud in Geneva, etc.). After considerable negotiations, the City Council of Florence purchased the collections and palace in 1813. This inventory offers a detailed view of the 3590 early manuscripts, 617 incunabula, 18,257 other printed books, and the family's large and important collections of medals, bronzes, engraved gems, cameos, porcelains, and crystals. The library was appraised at 156,151 lire Toscane. Fine copy. ❧ Ottino-Fumagalli 2938. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5015)
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