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Ms. Codex 1475 Notizie di alcune famiglie populari della cittá e regno di Napoli
TitleNotizie di alcune famiglie populari della cittá e regno di Napoli
- Montecco, Fortundio Erodoto Montecco, Fortundio Erodoto
Call numberMs. Codex 1475
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4478878
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
- after 1693
Historical-satirical work on the lives of 75 Neapolitan families in 1693. The present manuscript contains tauntingly contemptuous portraits of the activities of some of the most prestigious families of Naples, only slightly concealed as biographical and genealogical essays. The author, who conducted extensive research from both archival material and oral sources, described the origin of the different families; occasionally, the origin of their name; how they rose to nobility and gained their titles; and their current activities. With a few fortunate exceptions, most families are portrayed as lazy, dishonest or undeserving of their privileges. Their customs are analyzed and criticized and a number of negative examples of their conduct are reported. In most cases, these facts are presented immediately after a brief summary of why the families are famous (for example because of their political position, or careers as lawyers, judges or officers), creating a satirical effect which exploits the contrast between the public image of the aristocrats and their private lives. Among the 75 families that appear in the manuscript, the most important are the Longo, the Cito, and the Grimaldi.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (f. i recto).
WatermarkUnidentified watermark containing a decorated coat of arms (large but very faint).
Extent128 leaves : 250 x 180 mm. bound to 260 x 190 mm
FoliationPaper, i (paper) + 128 + i (paper); [i], 1-74, 74-126, contemporary foliation in pencil, modern foliation in ink, upper right recto. Catchwords, lower right corners.
BindingHalf parchment (Zacour-Hirsch).
- Purchased from Libreria Giá Nardecchia (Rome) (note in pencil inside upper cover reading Nardecchia, 6.VII.'48)
- Sold by William H. Allen (Philadelphia), 1968 (note laid inside manuscript).
- Aristocracy (Social class)--Italy
- Nobility--Italy--Naples (Kingdom)
- Nobility--Italy--Naples (Kingdom)--Genealogy
- Manuscripts, Italian--17th century
- Manuscripts, Italian--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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