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 sequence of inquiries, deploying wisdom approximately calligraphy, orthography, linguistics, dialectology and the socio-psychology of writing, to bare the individual at the back of the identify. Focusing as a lot at the attainable proprietor as upon the object owned, Angelica's publication examines the genesis of the Piacevoli Notti and its many variations, together with the single in query. The intertwined tales of the e-book and its proprietor are set opposed to the backdrop of a Renaissance global, nonetheless imperfectly understood, during which literature and examining have been topic to regimes of regulate; and the hot info throws elements of this international into extra reduction, particularly in regard to women's involvement with analyzing, books and data. The inquiry yields unforeseen insights in regards to the common sense of unintended discovery, the character of facts, and the venture of the arts in a time of world crisis.
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Angelica's Book and the World of Reading in Late Renaissance Italy (Cultures of Early Modern Europe) by Brendan Dooley