Skip to main content

Capitolo fratesco composto dal Padre Tisabesano Secchia Accademico Lepido

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS C211


Con le annotation nel fine. A satire on Church life written by a Jesuit. Anagram pseudonym Acrostic on pages 819-821: Sebastiano Chiesa Reggiano Accademico Lepido.


  • 17th century?


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1 volume : The binding is a 17th century (?) brown calf; gold rules and stamps.Preface in gold ink. Borders for title-page and canto-title pages in gold, silver, and colors (conventional leafy swag).The material is paper. Gauffered edges. Paste-down endpapers dark red with gold vine. Preface written in gold: Capitolo Fratesco, composto dal P.Tisabesano Secchia, Accademico Lepido. Con le Annotationi nel fine. 6 leaves (first blank), 946 numbered pages. The main title and the 16 subtitles for each canto are decorated with conventional leaf ornament in watercolor and gold. Title and preface written in gold. The text written in an easily legible and fluent large cursive. Quarto. ; Leaves measure 20.9 by 15.3 cm.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Unpublished, perhaps unique: According to Tiraboschi, this text circulated in manuscript rather widely; but, according to Pezzana (see Melzi), only one of these manuscripts has notes and annotations--and the Kenneth Spencer Reasearch Library has these. The preface of the present manuscript states specifically that the author has had this manuscript prepared in order to establish the correct text such as he wants it, because too many unauthorized, bowdlerized, incorrect and false texts of the poem had found their way into the hands of the public.

The main text is under the anagram TISABESANO SECCHIA, but the Annotazioni are identified at the end as being by "SEBASTIANO CHIESA Reggia-no, Accademico Lepido."

The text is, according to Tiraboschi, one of the most successful and worthwhile poemi burleschi that became fashionable after the great success of Tassoni and Bracciolini (the best known, perhaps, is the Malmantile Racquistato by Lorenzo Lippi).

Tiraboschi, Storia, VIII (1812), p.494

Melzi 111,150

Leaf [ii]r is the Title-page; leaves [iiir-vr] provide the Preface. "Al discreto lettore. Non ad altro fine...Regolari." Leaf [vi]r is the Title-page for Canto Primo. Cantos 1-16 are on pages 1-821.

Page 823 begins "Annotazioni di tutto it Capitolo. Al lettore. Non essendo...Segno." Pages 824-946 include notes, primarily a key to obscure identifications. Page 946 also states "...Fine delle Annotazioni di tutto it Capitolo Fratesco."

Physical Location

MS C211

Immediate Source of Acquisition

B. Rosenthal, 1968:3.

Guide to the Sebastiano Chiesa Manuscript Collection
Capitolo fratesco composto dal Padre Tisabesano Secchia Accademico Lepido
Finding aid prepared by alh, November 21, 1972. Finding aid encoded by mg, 205.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Sebastiano Chiesa manuscript, Department of Special Collections, MS C211, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States