Antonio Nepita commonplace book : manuscript
- Multiple languages. In French, Italian, German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
- Italy, between 1650 and 1699.
- Physical description
- 1 volume (79 leaves) : paper ; 17 x 11 cm
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|MSS CODEX 1178||In-library use|
- Nepita, Antonio, creator.
- A commonplace book including references to Marcus Aurelius, Epigrams; the Historiae Anglicana of the English chronicler Roger of Hovenden (fl. 1174-1201); the Summa in decretum Gratiani of Bishop Stephen of Tournai (d. 1208); the works of the French humanist Joseph Scalinger (1540-1609), Plato’s Timaeus, and short texts concerning Philip of Macedonia and his son Alexander the Great; Cardinal Richelieu; Jean Calvin; a fragment of a comedy in verse titled “Le Colbert Chragé”; as well as notes on the uses of urine in diagnosing disease. Entries with an interest in Poland (notably Krakow) and Bohemia may indicate travel there, and an interest in Sweden is also notable in the “Relation de la Mort du Marquis de Monaldeschi Grand Ecuyer de la Reyne Christine de Suede” as well as a lengthy Latin verse on Swedish kings from Gustavus Adolphus onwards. The end of the book is filled with lists of books, presumably those he owned, or wished for.
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- Place and date of production from dealer description.
- Some small spots and ink splatters, top of one page cut away to remove entry once there, small areas of borders of one or two leaves torn away.
- Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
- Cite as
- Antonio Nepita commonplace book (Mss Codex 1178). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.
- Purchase; Christopher Edwards; 2017. Accession MSS 2017-144.
- Little is known about Anthonio Nepita, but he appears to have been an exceptionally well-travelled and well-read man, based on this commonplace book. The scribbled notes inside the front pastedown on Giovanni Battista Nepita (who would go on to be the bishop of Massa Lubrense in 1685 and Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi e Bisaccia in 1680) suggest a close familial relationship between them.
- Contemporary limp binding of a leaf from a fifteenth-century German liturgical volume with text in two columns, green silk tags cut away.
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