Copertina: Philobiblon. La passione per i libri
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The Love of Books

  • Author Richard de Bury
  • Contributors Traduzione di Carlo Carena
    Presentazione di Ernesto Ferrerp
    Progetto iconografico di Novella Macola
  • Size 24x32 cm
  • Binding Cartonato con sovraccoperta
  • Pages 248
  • Illustrations 101
  • Language Italian
  • Year 2007
  • ISBN 9788842212430
  • Price € 100,00
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The book for those who love books

The English Benedictine bishop, Riccardo de Bury, wrote in 1344 that books are “the true wealth of the world, a divine gift, of which one is never satiated, essential for those who want to know truth, wisdom and faith.” A diplomat, de Bury also met Petrarch in 1333 in Avignon, who would have a strong influence on his literary education. In his Philobiblon he sings the praises of books, states the reasons for which one must love them, laments the neglect to which manuscripts are subjected, rails against destructive wars, recounts his own research, his purchases, the price of the books, and his studies, sets out his idea of culture that does not exclude poetry and the ancient classics, and explains how one should organise a library. Here, his text is enriched with gorgeous reproductions of portraits of the 15th and 16th centuries depicting subjects painted by Botticelli, Carpaccio, Lotto, Pontormo, Holbein, Bronzino, Giorgione, Parmigianino, Raffaello, Durer, and Titian that also depict books, papers, and illuminated manuscripts.