Warburg Institute Colloquia


Publication due Summer 2018

Title: The Afterlife of Aldus: Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade

Series: Warburg Institute Colloquia, 32 

Editors: Jill Kraye; Paolo Sachet

ISBN: 9781908590558 

Binding: paperback

ISSN: 1352-9986


On 6 February 2015, the Warburg Institute marked the 500th anniversary of Aldus Manutius’s death with a one-day colloquium on his extraordinary legacy. Rather than examining his own output, which has already received a vast amount of scholarly attention, the focus was on far less studied topics related to his later fame and reputation. This book presents revised versions of six papers from the colloquium, together with three additional contributions. The nine papers, which explore how the notion of ‘Aldine books’ has changed over 500 years in Europe and America, are arranged in three sections: the Aldine press after Aldus; private Aldine collections in early modern Europe; and Aldine book trade and collecting from the nineteenth century to the present. Also included in the volume is a catalogue of the exhibition ‘Collecting the Renaissance: The Aldine Press (1494–1598)’, organized in conjunction with the colloquium and displayed in the Treasures Galley of the British Library. Addressing a wide readership of scholars, booksellers and collectors, The Afterlife of Aldus aims to stimulate further research in areas which have not been sufficiently investigated, despite their importance for a comprehensive understanding of the long-lasting fortuna of Aldus and his publications. The conference, the exhibition and this volume have received generous financial support from the  Bibliographical Society, CERL and Bernard Quartich Ltd.


Published January 2018

TitlePhilosophy and Medicine in the Formative Period of Islam

Series: Warburg Institute Colloquia, 31

Editors: Peter Adamson; Peter E. Pormann

ISBN: 9781908590541

Binding: paperback

ISSN: 1352-9986

Price: £45

Many of the leading philosophers in the Islamic world were doctors, yielding extensive links between philosophy and medicine. The twelve papers in this volume explore these links, focusing on the classical or formative period (up to the eleventh century AD). One central theme is the Arabic reception of the two outstanding figures of Greek medicine, Hippocrates and Galen – we learn how Hippocrates was made into a mouthpiece for ethical wisdom, and how Galen influenced ideas in ethics and the nature of plant life. Aristotle is also considered, with a study of the reception of his ideas on longevity. Several of the luminaries of philosophy in the early Islamic world are also studied, including Abū Bakr al-Rāzī, al-Fārābī, and Avicenna: all of them deploy medical ideas in their philosophical writings, whether to treat emotional distress as a kind of illness, to explain the function of eyesight, to compare the well-functioning state to the healthy human body, or to draw on anatomical ideas in works on psychology. Conversely, the volume also includes research on the use of philosophical ideas in medical texts, including medical compendia and the works of ʿAlī ibn Riḍwān. Attention is also given to the connections between medicine and Islamic theology (kalām). As a whole, the book provides both a survey of the kinds of work being done in this relatively unexplored area, and a springboard for further research.


Published November 2017

Title: Ernst Kitzinger and the Making of Medieval Art History

Series: Warburg Institute Colloquia, 30

Editors: Felicity Harley-McGowan; Henry Maguire

ISBN: 9781908590534

Binding: paperback

ISSN: 1352-9986

Price: £40

The essays collected in this volume publish the proceedings of a colloquium held at the Warburg Institute on 11 January 2013 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernst Kitzinger. His work has been, and still is, fundamentally influential on the present-day discipline of art history in a wide range of topics. He pioneered the study of iconoclasm, of Anglo-Saxon art in relation to the art of the Mediterranean, of the manipulation of Byzantine artistic forms by the rulers of Norman Sicily and of the functions and meanings of ornament in media such as textiles and architectural sculpture. The first half of the book is primarily biographical, with papers covering his extraordinary career, which began in Germany, Italy and England in the tumultuous years preceding World War II, before leading to internment in Australia and, eventually, to America. He developed a major centre for the study of Byzantium at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC and, in the years before his retirement, taught a new generation of students at Harvard. The second half of the book is devoted to assessments of Kitzinger’s scholarship, including his concern with the theory of style, with the early medieval art of Britain and Continental Europe, with the art of Norman Sicily and with the sources and impact of iconoclasm in the East. The authors describe his pioneering contributions to the field of medieval art history and assess their impact on, and relevance to, the concerns of contemporary scholarship


29. Vernacular Aristotelianism in Italy from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century, edited by Luca Bianchi, Simon Gilson and Jill Kraye. Published 2017. £35.00   ISBN: 978–1–908590–52–7

This volume is based on an international colloquium held at the Warburg Institute, London, on 21–22 June 2013,  entitled ‘Philosophy and Knowledge in the Renaissance: Interpreting Aristotle in the Vernacular’. It situates and explores vernacular Aristotelianism in a broad chronological context, with a geographical focus on Italy. The disciplines covered include political thought, ethics, poetics, rhetoric, logic, natural philosophy, cosmology, meteorology and metaphysics; and among the genres considered are translations, popularizing commentaries, dialogues and works targeted at women. The wide-ranging and rich material presented in the volume is intended to stimulate scholars to develop this promising area of research still further.








28. Palaeography, Manuscript Illumination and Humanism in Renaissance Italy: Studies in Memory of A. C. de la Mare, edited by Robert Black, Jill Kraye and Laura Nuvoloni. Published 2016. £60.00 ISBN: 978-1-908590-5-10

Albinia de la Mare (1932–2001), OBE, FBA, Professor of Palaeography at King's College London, was one of the last century's outstanding palaeographers and the world's leading authority on Italian Renaissance manuscripts. In November 2011 a conference was held at King's College and the Warburg Institute to honour her memory, and this volume offers revised versions of most of the papers read on that occasion, as well as three additional contributions. Tilly de la Mare had exceptionally wide interests, including key individuals involved in manuscript and literary production, as represented here by studies on Vespasiano da Bisticci, Sozomeno da Pistoia, Matteo Contugi da Volterra, Lorenzo di Francesco Guidetti, Giorgio Antonio Vespucci, Bartolomeo Sanvito, Bartolomeo Varnucci, Francesco Petrarca, Pier Candido Decembrio, Leonardo Bruni and Marsilio Ficino. Important themes in the history of palaeography – the emergence of humanist script; the relationship between script and illumination; the competing methods of palaeography and philology; the social, political, academic, geographical and cultural contexts of manuscript copying and production; and the role of palaeography in the transmission of classical texts – were also in the compass of her scholarship and are treated in this collection. The volume concludes with sixteen colour plates and indices of manuscripts, incunabula and names.




27. The Cosmography of Paradise: The Other World from Ancient Mesopotamia to Medieval Europe, edited by Alessandro Scafi. Published 2016. £55.00 ISBN: 978-1-908590-5-03

This collection of essays considers the general theme of paradise from various comparative perspectives. It focuses on the way the relationship between ‘the other world’ and the structure of the whole cosmos has been viewed in different ages and traditions around the Mediterranean basin, spanning from the ancient Near East to medieval Europe. Scholars coming from different fields discuss in this volume the various ways the relationship between paradise and the general features of the universe has been viewed within their own field of work. The historical formation of the notion of paradise, defined as a perfect state beyond time and space, relied heavily upon a variety of temporally and culturally conditioned concepts of the physical cosmos as a finite and imperfect realm. It is precisely the emphasis on cosmography that allows the discussion of several traditions: Sumerian, ancient Iranian, Greek, Jewish, early Christian, Gnostic, Byzantine, Islamic, Scandinavian, and Latin Western.






26. The Muses and their Afterlife in Post-Classical Europe, edited by Kathleen W. Christian, Clare E. L. Guest and Claudia Wedepohl. Published 2014: paperback; viii + 300pp.; 63 black & white illustrations; 16 colour plates. Price £60.00. ISBN: 978-0-85481-144-1-2014  

This interdisciplinary collection of essays considers the identity of the Muses in Antiquity and through centuries of their afterlife, tracing their religious, educational and philosophical meaning in classical Greece and their subsequent transformation and re-interpretation in a range of post-classical contexts. Individual contributors consider the invocation of the Muses in different places and at different times by those in search of inspiration, immortality and fame. The volume addresses the concept of the Muses from the perspective of philology, philosophy, art history, antiquarianism and musicology, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. It concludes with a discussion of the place of the Muses in Aby Warburg’s cultural theory. Published with the support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Düsseldorf.










25. The Legacy of Arnaldo Momigliano  edited by Tim Cornell and Oswyn Murray, xii + 203 pp. Price £50. ISBN 978–1–908590–48–0 ISSN 1352–9986 -2014




 24. Rashīd al-Dīn. Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran Edited by Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, xiv + 260 pp, 24 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-908590-47-3 Price £50.- 2013





23. Communicating Observations in Early Modern Letters (1500–1675): Epistolography and Epistemology in the Age of the Scientific Revolution Edited by Dirk van Miert. £50.00. ISBN 978–1–908590–46–6. ISSN 1352–9986 - 2013





22. The Lives of Leonardo Edited by Thomas Frangenberg and Rodney Palmer, 272 pp. 30 illustrations   ISBN 978–1–908590–44–2  ISSN 1352–9986 £50.00 -2013





21. Fourteenth-Century Classicism: Petrarch and Bernat Metge Edited by Lluís Cabré, Alejandro Coroleu and Jill Kraye. ISBN 978–1–908590–45–9. ISSN 1352–998. £ 40.00- 2013





20. The Slave in European Art: From Renaissance Trophy to Abolitionist Emblem Edited by Elizabeth McGrath and Jean Michel Massing. ISBN 978-1-908590-43-5. £55 -2012




19. Renaissance Letters and Learning: In Memoriam Giovanni Aquilecchia Edited by Dilwyn Knox and Nuccio Ordine. . ISBN: 978 1 90859 042 8. £50.00-2011





18. Greek Into Latin from Antiquity until the Nineteenth Century Edited by John Glucker and Charles Burnett. Published 2012. ISBN 9781908590411 £50.00-2012 





17. Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance  Edited by Zur Shalev and Charles Burnett, ISBN 978 0 85481 152 4. £30 -2011 out of stock





16In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the sixth/twelfth Century Edited by Peter Adamson. ISBN 978 0 85481 154 0. £ 30 -2011





15. Conflicting Duties: Science, Medicine and Religion in Rome, 1550-1750 Edited by Maria Pia Donato and Jill Kraye. ISBN 978 0 85481 149 6. £ 50.00-2010




14. Images of the Pagan Gods. Papers of a Conference in Memory of Jean Seznec Edited by Rembrandt  Duits and François Quiviger. ISBN 978 0 85481 144 1.£ 50.00-2010




13. Iconography without Texts Edited by Paul Taylor. ISBN 978 0 85481 143 4. £ 40.00-2008




12. In the Age of Alfarabi. Arabic Philosophy in the Fourth/Tenth Century. Edited by Peter Adamson. ISBN 978 0 85481 147 2. £ 40.00-2008




11. Classical Arabic Philosophy: Sources and Reception Edited by Peter Adamson. ISBN 978 0 85481 140 3. £36.00-2007





10. Lucian Of Samosata Vivus Et Redivivus Edited by Christopher Ligota and Letizia Panizza. 978 0 85481 138 0. £ 36.00-2007                         


   9. The Iconography of Cylinder Seals Edited by Paul Taylor. 2006. Now out of print. ISBN:  0854811354 -2002


8. Britannia Latina: Latin in the Culture of Great Britain from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century Edited by Charles Burnett and Nicholas Mann.£24.00 -2005





7. Magic and the Classical Tradition Edited by Charles Burnett and W.F. Ryan. £ 32.00-2006





6. Pictorial Composition from Medieval to Modern Art Edited by Paul Taylor and François Quiviger. £30.00 -2001




                               5Islam and the Italian Renaissance Edited by Charles Burnett and Anna Contadini. 1999. Now out of print.ISBN: 0854811206 -1999



4. Hildegard of Bingen: The Context of her Thought and Art Edited by Charles Burnett and Peter Dronke.  £24.00 -1998




3. Lorenzo the Magnificent: Culture and Politics Edited by Michael Mallett and Nicholas Mann. £28.00 - 1996




2. Ancient History and the Antiquarian: Essays in Memory of Arnaldo Momigliano Edited by Michael H. Crawford and C. R. Ligota. , £16.00 - 1995





                                  1. Italian Academies of the Sixteenth Century Edited by D. S. Chambers and François Quiviger. Now out of print. ISBN: 0854810927 - 1995