Warburg Studies and Texts

Warburg Institute Studies and Texts is the successor to Studies of the Warburg Institute and Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts. It is a peer-reviewed series which publishes the original research of scholars associated with the Warburg Institute, in the fields of cultural history, art history and history of ideas. The series includes: single-authored monographs; critical editions of unpublished texts, with English translations and notes or commentaries; and collections of essays which have not originated in colloquia.
Latest edition:
Lilian Armstrong, Petrarch’s Famous Men in the Early Renaissance: The Illuminated Copies of Felice Feliciano’s Edition

5. Lilian Armstrong, Petrarch’s Famous Men in the Early Renaissance: The Illuminated Copies of Felice Feliciano’s Edition (Warburg Institute Studies and Texts, 5). London: Warburg Institute, 2016. xii + 260 pp. £45. ISBN 978–1–908590–70–1.

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) worked over many years on his long historical text about the Lives of ancient Roman military heroes, De viris illustribus (On Famous Men). Left unfinished at his death, the text was completed by 1379 by Petrarch’s colleague, Lombardo della Seta. Within a decade, De viris illustribus was translated into Italian; and in1476 the Libro degli uomini famosi was printed in Poiano outside of Verona by the eccentric humanist and scribe, Felice Feliciano (1433–1479/1480). The edition includes a peculiar feature: preceding each of the Lives is a page on which is printed an interlace woodcut border within which, however, no image appears.

The present book surveys the hand-illumination of twenty surviving copies of Felice’s edition in order to investigate: the Renaissance fascination with the classical past; the artistic traditions of representing Uomini famosi; the technical problems of illustrating books with woodcuts; and the fortuna of the 1476 edition. Two copies contain sequences of heroes painted within the woodcut borders; these heroes provide evidence for reconstructing the appearance of the ‘lost’ frescoes of famous men painted at the end of Petrarch’s lifetime in the Carrara palace in Padua. The hand-illumination of other copies can be assigned to miniaturists working in Venice, Verona, Ferrara, Florence, Rome and elsewhere, suggesting Felice Feliciano’s wide-reaching efforts to market the volume. The importance of studying copy-specific features in Renaissance printed books is further documented by the thirty-two colour plates and over ninety black-and-white figures.

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1  Avicenna’s De anima in the Latin West. The Formation of a Peripatetic Philosophy of the Soul 1160- 1300. Dag Nikolaus Hasse. 2000, £32.00. 9780 85481 125 0 

In the 12th century the "Book of the Soul" by the philosopher Avicenna was translated from Arabic into Latin. It had an immense success among scholastic writers and deeply influenced the structure and content of many psychological works of the Middle Ages. The reception of Avicenna's book is the story of cultural contact at an imipressively high intellectural level. The present volume investigates this successful reception using two approaches. The first is chronological, tracing the stages by which Avicenna's work was accepted and adapted by Latin scholars. The second is doctrinal, analyzing the fortunes of key doctrines. The sense of the original Arabic text of Avicenna is kept in mind throughout and the degree to which his original Latin interpreters succeeded in conveying it is evaluated.

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2.  'Abd al-'Azīz ibn 'Uthmān, al Kabīsī. The introduction to astrology / Al-Qabīṣī (Alcabitius) ;  editions of the Arabic and Latin texts and an English translation, Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto, Michio Yano.  ImprintLondon : Warburg Institute, 2004. 085481132X

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 3  Azariah de’ Rossi’s Observations on the Syriac New Testament: A Critique of the Vulgate by a Sixteenth- Century Jew. Joanna Weinberg. 2005, £20.00. 9780 85481 133 5 

Shortly before his death in 1577, the Mantuan Jewish scholar Azariah de’ Rossi wrote a challenging and provocative treatise in Italian. Addressing a Christian readership at a time when the authenticity and authority of the Vulgate had been called into question, de’ Rossi presented critical readings of specific verses and phrases in the New Testament, particularly the Aramaisms, clarifying and emending the Vulgate on the basis of the ancient Syriac version which had recently been printed (Vienna, 1555). Few Western scholars had any familiarity with Syriac; this learned Jew’s contribution to New Testament studies thus appears all the more remarkable. De’ Rossi’s work was commissioned by Giacomo Boncompagni, the son of Pope Gregory XIII, and dedicated to the cardinal Santa Severina, Giulio Antonio Sanotoro.

This first critical edition of the two autograph manuscripts of the work includes an English translation and annotations.

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 4  Medieval Arabic Thought: Essays in Honour of Fritz Zimmermann. Rotraud Hansberger, M. Afifi al-Akiti and Charles Burnett (eds). 2012, £35.00. 9781 908590 718

This book contains a collection of articles on medieval Arabic thought, dedicated to Fritz Zimmermann, who taught this subject in the Oriental Institute of Oxford University until his retirement, written by his colleagues, students and friends. The articles range from the transmission of medical and philosophical texts from Greek into Syriac and Arabic, relations between Buddhist doctrine and Islamic thought and between Muslim renunciants and Christian monks, and Arabic philosophical terminology, to internal developments in Arab thought from the eighth through to the thirteenth century. The book includes editions of hitherto unpublished Syriac and Arabic texts, tabular comparisons of Greek, Syriac, Arabic and Latin versions of certain passages, and analyses of several philosophical and theological traditions.

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 5. Lilian Armstrong, Petrarch’s Famous Men in the Early Renaissance: The Illuminated Copies of Felice Feliciano’s Edition (Warburg Institute Studies and Texts, 5). London: Warburg Institute, 2016. xii + 260 pp. £45. ISBN 978–1–908590–70–1.

Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) worked over many years on his long historical text about the Lives of ancient Roman military heroes, De viris illustribus (On Famous Men). Left unfinished at his death, the text was completed by 1379 by Petrarch’s colleague, Lombardo della Seta. Within a decade, De viris illustribus was translated into Italian; and in1476 the Libro degli uomini famosi was printed in Poiano outside of Verona by the eccentric humanist and scribe, Felice Feliciano (1433–1479/1480). The edition includes a peculiar feature: preceding each of the Lives is a page on which is printed an interlace woodcut border within which, however, no image appears.

The present book surveys the hand-illumination of twenty surviving copies of Felice’s edition in order to investigate: the Renaissance fascination with the classical past; the artistic traditions of representing Uomini famosi; the technical problems of illustrating books with woodcuts; and the fortuna of the 1476 edition. Two copies contain sequences of heroes painted within the woodcut borders; these heroes provide evidence for reconstructing the appearance of the ‘lost’ frescoes of famous men painted at the end of Petrarch’s lifetime in the Carrara palace in Padua. The hand-illumination of other copies can be assigned to miniaturists working in Venice, Verona, Ferrara, Florence, Rome and elsewhere, suggesting Felice Feliciano’s wide-reaching efforts to market the volume. The importance of studying copy-specific features in Renaissance printed books is further documented by the thirty-two colour plates and over ninety black-and-white figures.

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