Miscellaneous Publication Projects

In addition to books bearing its various publications series titles, from time to time the Warburg Institute issues miscellaneous publications, either under its own imprint or through collaboration with external publishers. The following titles are available for purchase through our online bookstore, or from the desk in the Warburg Library Reading Room.

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Caro Vitto: Essays in Memory of Vittore Branca, ed. Jill Kraye and Laura Lepschy in collaboration with Nicola Jones. 2007. £10.00. ISBN 9780854811427

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This volume contains the proceedings of the conference in memory of Vittore Branca held at the Warburg Institute in October 2005. Almost all the papers delivered at the conference are included, as well as two additional ones. They reflect the breadth of Branca’s interests, from medieval to contemporary, and his ability to relate to scholars at all stages of their careers. The contributions focus on Boccaccio’s Decameron and its later reception, Renaissance authors such as Petrarch and Machiavelli, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers Vittorio Alfieri and Ugo Foscolo, and a variety of twentieth-century figures including the novelist Cesare Pavese and the poet Eugenio Montale. Branca’s special interest in Venice is represented by papers on Venetian charity and political rhetoric; there are also contributions on his anti-Fascism and philological methods. The volume will appeal to scholars and students of Italian literature ranging from the Middle Ages to the modern era, to enthusiasts for Venetian culture and to specialists interested in Branca’s impact on these fields. 


Fritz Saxl (1890-1948). A Biographical Memoir. Edited by Gertrud Bing. Published 1998. £5.00. ISBN: 9780854811199

This essay, first published in 1957 in Fritz Saxl, 1890-1948. A Volume of Memorial Essays from his Friends in England, edited by D. J. Gordon, was reprinted in conjunction with the conference held in November 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary year of Saxl's death.


 Legal Documents of the Hellenistic World. Edited by M. J. Geller and H. Maehler. Published 1995. £15.00. ISBN: 9780854810895

This volume contains the papers given in seminars between 28 February and 16 May 1986 in London. Scholars with an interest in legal history, but working in different areas of the Ancient World – Egypt, Babylonia, Palestine, the Greek East – were invited to look at the way in which the various legal systems interacted, or reacted against one another, once Alexander had imposed Greek law on the countries he had conquered. Since only a few fragments of the actual laws survive, a reconstruction of the different legal systems has to rely to a large extent on the documents which these systems produced. For this reason it seemed best to concentrate on the documents themselves, looking at them from a comparative point of view, in order to discover how the legal texts of the Hellenistic period, written in Greek, Egyptian (Demotic), Akkadian and Aramaic, deal with land-ownership, family law, testaments, temple law, laws of obligations, and the legal position of slaves. How would a man or a woman in Egypt or Babylonia of the period buy or sell land, take out a mortgage or a loan, marry or get divorced, or write a will?


Basic Grammar for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Michael Evans. 1995. Price £12. ISBN 978-085481093

Grammar in this context means Latin grammar. Latin means not the language of Cicero and his Humanist epigones but the dialect of international discourse in pre-modern Europe. Basic means enough grammar to enable the reader to construe utilitarian prose with confidence and a dictionary. The method employed is that in use from the time of the Roman grammarian Priscian (early 16th century) until recently: parsing in a text. The text used here is "Elucidarium", ("The Elucidator") which was a a school-book, in Latin and many vernaculars, until the 16th century. It is a dialogue about God, the Church and the Last Things written by the peripatetic scholar Honorius Augustodunensis at the beginning of the 12th century: the edition published here is based on one made in the 1170s at the Augustinian convent on the Odilienberg in Alsatia. This textbook is divided into 10 parts, each containing 3 lessons. It includes a literal English translation of the Latin, an A to Z of English Grammar for readers unfamiliar with the elements of syntax and accidence, and an index of grammatical terms and a table of conjugations.


Index of Emblems of the Italian Academies. Compiled by Jennifer Montagu. £7.00. 1988. ISBN 9780854810741

The devising of an emblem was usually one of the first activities of an Italian academy, and those produced were much used in title-pages, medals, and prints related to the academies. The lack of an index has long proved a stumbling-block for students of emblems, and to those attempting to identify prints or drawings which frequently do not include the name of the academy. This booklet provides an index to the emblems cited by Maylender, with some corrections, and some supplementary material from other sources. It covers both the mottoes and the figures, so that it may be used for identifying preliminary drawings or early unlettered states of prints.


Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, vol. VI, edited by R. W. Hunt, Raymond Klibansky and Lotte Labowsky. 1968. £2.00. ISBN 9780 85481 014 7

  • Some Commentaries on the De Inventione and Ad Herennium of the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries -  by Mary Dickey (pp. 1-41)
  • The Poems of Hildebert of Le Mans: A New Examination of the Canon - by A. B. Scott (pp. 42-83)
  • The Origins of the ‘Elements Series’ of the Miracles of the Virgin - by J. C. Jennings (pp. 84-93)
  • Geoffrey of Aspall’s Commentaries on Aristotle - by Enya Macrae (pp. 94-134)
  • New Light on Thomas Docking O.F.M. - by J. I. Catto (pp. 135-149)
  • Autour des Quaestiones super Geometriam Euclidis de Nicole Oresme - by V. Zoubov (pp. 150-172)
  • An Unknown Treatise by Theodorus Gaza (Bessarion Studies, IV) - by Lotte Labowsky (pp. 173-198)
  • An Autograph of Niccolò Perotti in the Biblioteca Marciana (Bessarion Studies, V) - by Lotte Labowsky (pp. 199-205)
  • Index of Manuscripts (pp. 207-209)


The Decline of Hell. Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. By D. P. Walker. (Routledge & Kegan Paul) 1964. Hardback. 978-0226871066: £4.50; Paperback 978-0710068392: £1.50

From the Introduction: “We are … justified in asking: why did the doctrine of hell remain almost unchallenged for so long a time, and why did it begin to lose its hold in the 17th century? In this book I shall suggest several answers to both questions. The most obvious answer to the first question is the very strong scriptural authority for the doctrine. But a more fundamental reason for the long triumph of hell was the firm and almost universal belief in its value as a deterrent in this life. It was thought that, if the fear of eternal punishment were removed, most people would behave without any moral restraint whatever and that society would collapse into an anarchical orgy… it was claimed that only criminals and debauchees could have any motive for questioning the doctrine.”