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Documents concerning the city of Sabbioneta (Italy)

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E9


172 documents (and similar papers) bound in 1 volume: architectural, urban planning, government, history. Proclamations, financial accounts, letters, contracts, narratives, and official documents issued by or concerning this planned city. Most are from the reign of Vespasiano Gonzaga, Sabbioneta's duke (1531-1591) who turned a village 12 miles SW of Mantua into a model city, and most are concerned with the construction of public buildings, especially the Porta Vittoria, the Porta Imperiale, and the church of S. Maria Incoronata. There are also accounts of the founding of the Monte di Pietaand; rules for its government; vows made by the city at the time of the 1630 plague; accounts of the founding of S. Maria di Vigoreto; and other matter. A number of documents are the work of Nicolo Dondi, whose diary has been published.


  • Creation: 1537 - 1778


Language of Materials

Italian, Latin

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

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


1 volume : Binding: 19th century half morocco. Author's holograph: appear to be originals, probably often in clerks' hands. Some items a "Copia" by a notary. Foliation: [2], 1-289 (in modern pencil). Ornamentation: A few applied seals, notarial signs; 1 decorated document. Material is paper, except for leaves 165-170 which are vellum. Binding Title: Documenti Storici di Sabbioneta -- Secolo XVI ; 32 x 22 cm

Physical Location


Custodial History

Note on leaf 249v: Antonio Vignali di Vigoreto 18 [hole]; Long descriptive note on leaf 1 signed: Carlo Morbio, Milano, Maggio 1870. Stamp on 169v: Comune di Gazuol...

Immediate Source of Acquisition

B. Rosenthal, before 1961

Related Materials

Puerari, Alfredo. Sabbioneta. Milano, Domus [1956]. includes photos, maps.

Forster, Kurt W. "From Rocca to Civitas: urban planning at Sabbioneta", l'Arte fasc. 5 (March 1969), pages 5-40. includes photos, maps.

Guide to the Sabbioneta Collection
Documents concerning the city of Sabbioneta (Italy)
Finding aid prepared by am, May 1963; revised by ksc, 2006 Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Sabbioneta Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS E9, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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