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  • Transport of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection

    Photograph of the transport of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection from Zelada (or Zelata), province of Pavia.
  • Il portico di San Celso in Milano

    Cavagna published this work on the portico of the Romanesque church of San Celso in Milan to promote its historic status and to prevent its destruction. His efforts were successful in part, although the façade of the church would be replaced in the 1890s. Found in this copy is a rare personal letter to Cavagna's first wife, Beatrice De Vecchi, to whom he was married from 1867 to 1885. In it, Cavagna humbly offers his "povarissimo" work to his "carissima Bice" and thanks her for her opinions on and edits to his writings.
  • Map of Mezzago, Pieve di Vimercate

    A hand-colored map of the city of Mezzago, in the parish of Vimercate, province of Milan, from the mid-eighteenth century.
  • Enrico IV imperatore pretende sotto la sua protezione il luogo di Menaggio. Diploma originale in pergamena

    A charter on vellum from 1116 issued by Holy Roman Emperor Henry V granting privileges and imperial protection to the cities of Menaggio and Como; this document is the oldest in the collection and was displayed in 1936 in the first-ever Rare Book & Manuscript Library exhibition, then called the Rare Book Room.
  • Three original investitures on vellum

    Original investitures and legal instruments on vellum, dating from the first quarter of the fifteenth century, with notarial signets.
  • Storia del borgo di Menaggio descritta da Paolo Bertarelli, 1643

    A history of the village of Menaggio described by Paolo Bertarelli.
  • La Risotteide, del dott. G.B. Bolza da Valmenaggio

    A late nineteenth-century unpublished poem by Giovanni Battista Bolza about risotto, in the style of the Aeneid.
  • Imbarco delle truppe Napoletane dopo la capitolazione di Melazzo

    A mid-nineteenth-century lithograph depicting the Neapolitan retreat following the 1860 Battle of Milazzo between Giuseppe Garibaldi's troops and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
  • Documents concerning the Conti delli Cappellani

    Transcripts, or simple copies, of legal documents from Italian archives pertaining to the locality of Media, or Medea.
  • Documents concerning the Chiesa di S. Rosso, Pieve di S. Giuliano

    Transcripts, or simple copies, of legal documents from Italian archives pertaining to the locality of Media, or Medea.
  • Receipt for books purchased

    This receipt is for six books bought in 1879 for a total of fourteen lire after discount, signed by the bookseller with "profound respect, in devoted service." Two of the books listed on the receipt are duplicates in the collection, indicating perhaps that Cavagna did not keep track of his purchases, or simply could not pass up a good deal.
  • Receipt from copyist for transcription

    Much can be learned about Cavagna's collecting habits from items found in the books themselves. The receipt found in the manuscript "Notizie del castello di Pieve di Cadore" indicates that Cavagna may have commissioned transcriptions of much of his manuscript material from copyists who would travel to various archives in northern Italy; the receipt itemizes time spent traveling and copying the work.
  • Photographs of the family villa in Zelada, province of Pavia

    Cavagna's family papers were not included in the sale to the University, but letters, postcards, and photographs in the nearly seven linear feet of ephemera in the collection give a small glimpse into his life. Photographs show the family outside their villa in Zelada, near Bereguardo in the province of Pavia.
  • Postcards from Cavagna's future son-in-law

    Cavagna's family papers were not included in the sale to the University, but letters, postcards, and photographs in the nearly seven linear feet of ephemera in the collection give a small glimpse into his life. Postcards depicting churches in Asti from Cavagna's future son-in-law Luigi Cesare Bollea are addressed to the entire family, including extra ones to Antonia, whom he would marry.
  • Della famiglia Fiesca

    Federici, born around 1570, was from a well-to-do Ligurian family with deep ties to the Genoese ruling class. Rising through the ranks of civic offices, Federici became a Senator of the Republic of Genoa in 1646. His writings on Genoese antiquities earned him commissions from the government to write official histories of Genoa, including the origins and characteristics of its noble families. His encomiastic final work, Della famiglia Fiesca, was considered by many to be subversive, as only a few years prior Giovanni Luigi Fieschi had conspired against the Doria family that ruled Genoa at the time.
  • Sommario delle vite de’ duchi di Milano

    Barbuo's work is a summary of the lives of the Visconti and Sforza dukes of Milan, who were very prominent patrons of Renaissance art and architecture. The Visconti dynasty ruled Milan for nearly two centuries until the death of Filippo Maria in 1447, who had no male heir. Francesco I Sforza, Filippo Maria's "condottiero" and son-in-law, took over and began the reign of the House of Sforza, which lasted until 1535. The book gives a short biography of each duke, paired with an impressive engraved portrait. As in the manuscript Famiglie nobili di Venezia in the exhibit, this volume also bears the traces of the Mocenigo family, with an illuminated parchment leaf pasted opposite the title page. The miniature was likely made in the nineteenth century in the style of medieval illumination. Above the Mocenigo arms is the Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice.
  • Statuti italiani riuniti ed indicati

    Cavagna was a prolific author and published widely on art and architecture, local history, biographies and memorial works, and family histories and genealogies. He also published bibliographies of his collections, although most were unfinished at his death. His Statuti Italiani, published in Pavia in 1907, records thousands of statues of Italian cities and municipalities held in his collection, A-M only. His nearly 160 publications and journal articles, many relating to his activities as a public official, are detailed in Bollea's In Memoria.
  • In memoria del conte Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana nel primo anniversario della sua morte, 5 aprile 1913

    This memorial volume was published one year after Cavagna's death by his son-in-law. It provides a detailed account of his life, military service, activities as a public official, membership in societies and other institutions, and honorifics received from military and chivalric orders. Cavagna's time fighting for unification in 1866 is reproduced in facsimiles of letters to his father, and the histories of both the Cavagna and Sangiuliani families are detailed in genealogical tables.
  • Raccolta dell’armi antiche, e moderne de nobili ferraresi

    There are scrapbook elements in this collection of coats of arms of noble families of Ferrara. Each coat of arms includes a blank shield, floriate border, and helmet, likely produced from a limited set of woodblock templates. To this base, each family's crest is added above the helmet. The escutcheon may be drawn in a colored by hand, or finished with woodcut overlays. More hand coloring completes the coat of arms. The family name is inscribed below, sometimes with brief descriptions. Some shields remain blank, perhaps from lack of information. In 1689 another edition of this work was published: this time, printed entirely from woodcut, with no hand coloring or customization.
  • Blasone veneto, o, Gentilizie insegne delle famiglie patrizie oggi esistenti in Venezia

    Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Franciscan friar, geographer, and prolific cartographer, both terrestrial and celestial. He was especially known for his ornate globes that graced many royal palaces. Coronelli's Atlante Veneto is considered the first comprehensive atlas produced in Italy and elevated the esteem of Italian cartography in Europe. Coronelli also put his considerable artistic skills to the study of heraldry, producing Blasone Veneto, first published in 1693. This diminutive volume begins with a general guide to the study of heraldry, followed by 78 coats of arms of the cities in the Veneto region and over 900 arms of the patrician families of Venice.
  • Lo splendore della nobilta napoletana

    This "guioco d'arme" is a game in which players roll dice to advance along a track, loosely modeled on the game of the goose. The book contains the rules, with the engraved gameboard folded within. The purpose of the game is to help young nobles learn the names and coats of arms of the Neapolitan nobility, the ruling families, and the ranks of the government and church. The "way to honor" has two paths, either secular, ending with the king, or religious, ending with the pope. There are traps along the way: if you land on "Gerusalemme," the player has to recite "Dio lo vuole" and go on a pilgrimage (i.e., lose a turn).
  • Famiglie nobili di Venezia

    This miniscule manuscript measuring less than 10 cm, made some time after 1616, lists members of approximately 139 noble Venetian families. It is a working register of sorts: a typical entry lists the head of the household and his father's name, sometimes with names of his wife and children. While birth dates would be included, death dates might be added later, as they occurred. This manuscript was likely owned by a member of the Mocenigo family, as their coat of arms is hand colored on the first page. The Mocenigo family produced seven Doges of Venice—chief magistrate and leader of the Republic—over several centuries.
  • Calendario postale per l'anno...

    The postal service in Italy was consolidated under Napoleon, and following unification, underwent extensive reforms. In 1871 it began to distribute its illustrated postal calendar, in part as a public education initiative, reaching corners of the country where printed educational materials had not yet proliferated. The calendars, which present much of the same information as a typical almanac, were given as gifts by the "postini" to their customers around Christmas time. The colorful covers of each issue reflect aesthetic trends, such as art nouveau and art deco, and often present didactic messages, such as national pride in Italy's artistic and archaeological heritage.
  • Storia dell'Accademia Clementina di Bologna aggregata all'Instituto delle scienze e dell'arti

    The engraved scene on the title page depicts a life drawing class in Bologna's Accademia Clementina, named after Pope Clement XI. Painter and art historian Giampietro Zanotti (1674-1765) helped found the academy in 1710, based on the model of Annibale Carracci's Accademia degli Incamminati. The Bolognese painting tradition emphasized life drawing from the nude, which was the basis of instruction at the school. The two-volume work is full of skilled engravings made by members of the academy, depicting putti practicing techniques of etching, sculpture, fresco painting, and measuring for scale.
  • Memorie del calcio fiorentino

    This work records the history of "calcio fiorentino," or Florentine kicking game. Combining elements of modern-day soccer, rugby, and wrestling, the game was played by nobility dressed in fine liveries. It is thought to have originated in the plazas of fifteenth-century Florence and is likely based on ancient Greek and Roman games of spheromachia and harpastum. Two teams of twenty-seven players are on the field—a sand pit in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce­—during the entirety of the game, with the aim of getting the ball into the other team's end zone by any means. The game's popularity waned in the eighteenth century, but is still re-enacted in Florence today.