The Vespasiano Memoirs: Lives of Illustrious Men of the Xvth Century by Vespasiano da BasticciThe Vespasiano Memoirs: Lives of Illustrious Men of the Xvth Century by Vespasiano da Basticci

The Vespasiano Memoirs: Lives of Illustrious Men of the Xvth Century

byVespasiano da BasticciTranslated byWilliam George, Emily Waters

Paperback | May 24, 1997

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Vespasiano da Bisticci (b. 1421) was a Florentine bookseller known as the most celebrated dealer of books and manuscripts of his generation. The renewed interest in Greek and Roman texts brought about by the rise of humanism inspired many wealthy individuals to seek codices of the best ancient and early Christian works. Vespasiano's bookshop became a meeting place for learned men, and he acquired patrons as illustrious as Cosimo de'Medici, Federigo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, Mathias Corvinus, the King of Hungary, and John Tiptoft, Earl of Worchester. The invention of the printing press proved to be too much competition for da Bisticci, and he retired to write his memoirs and biographical sketches of his friends and patrons.

Vespasiano da Bisticci's memoirs are a valuable resource in the history of politics, warfare and intellectual history, written from the perspective of an intelligent man who was able to watch and comment on the events of his age from a privileged position.

Title:The Vespasiano Memoirs: Lives of Illustrious Men of the Xvth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:476 pages, 9 × 5.99 × 1.33 inPublished:May 24, 1997Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802079687

ISBN - 13:9780802079688

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Just like certain bookstores today, Vespasiano da Bisticci's Florence bookshop was where the learned, the wealthy, the royal and the famous gathered to talk, read and debate in the 15th century. He was his era's most celebrated dealer of Greek, Roman and early Christian texts - until the printing press put him out of business. Proving tell-all accounts of celebrity encounters are a time-honoured tradition, Bisticci spent his retirement writing his memoirs and sketches of friends and patrons like Cosimo de Medici, King Mathias Corvinus of Hungary and John Tiptoft, Earl of Worchester. Bisticci's Memoirs provide invaluable information in the study of politics, warfare and intellectual history .