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Raccolta d'istorie della famiglia de Medici

 Collection — Volume: 1-3 [in 1]
Call Number: MS D125


Fair copy of a collection of short biographies and historical texts. From the main title-page: "Raccolta d'istorie della nobile, e real famiglia de Medici the regnarono in Toscana. Tutte manoscritte. Divise in tre toms, con altro tomo contenente otto fatti tragici seguiti in tempo di governo."


  • Creation: after 1743

Language of Materials

Italian (some Latin)

Conditions Governing Access

No access restriction

Conditions Governing Use

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


1 volume (3 volumes in 1) : Rebound in 19th or 20th century (orig boards?), tightly. Written in 2 hands, changing on v. 3, leaf 99

Scope and Contents

Dates Covered: 800-1400 (sparse), 1360-1743, Emphasizes 1530-1737

Lives of 32 Medicis, 1360-1743; introduction on Medici ancestors 800-1400; pasquinade on Giovan Gaston's court (1737); list of pensioners of Giovan Gaston's court; genealogical tree of Medici family; life of Giuliano Dami; of Margaret of Austria; letters from the Signoria of Venice to Bianca Capello and her husband Grand Duke Francesco (June 17, 1579); death of Pieri Buonaventuri (Bianca's husband); Lorenzino's Apologia Concentrates on Cosimo (1389-1464), Giuliano (1453-1478), Leo. Clement VII, Alessandro (1510-1537), Cosimo I (1519-1574), Francesco (1541-1587), Ferdinand II (1610-1670), Ferdinand (1663-1713) and his wife Violante, Anna Luisa (1667-1743), and Giovan Gastone (1671-1737). Recounts scandal; describes in detail triumphal entries, marriage processions, funerals.

The Dedication (Al lettore) states that the compiler has transcribed "these four tomes" from another author, improving on them from an old manuscript, and that he may have mistranscribed some passages. But this manuscript(at least as presently bound) appears never to have had a fourth tome.

Physical Location

MS D125

Other Finding Aids

For a detailed description:

Custodial History

Inscribed (20th c?): Albert Lockwood; Penciled note: bought from Dr. R. in August 1968.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Rosenthal, November 10, 1969

Guide to a Collection of Biographies of Members of the Medici Family and Related Texts
Raccolta d'istorie della famiglia de Medici
Finding aid prepared by alh, July 24, 1972 Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005
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Preferred citation
Collection of Biographies of Members of the Medici Family and Related Texts, Department of Special Collections, MS D125, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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