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Guide to the Guido Mazzoni pamphlet collection, 1572-1946, bulk 1750-1940

Summary

The pamphlet collection was assembled over many decades by Guido Mazzoni, Italian Senator, Dante scholar, professor, and rare book collector. The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection spans the years 1572 through 1946, with approximately 49,648 pieces in the collection. The bulk of the material, chiefly in the Italian language, dates from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Formats represented include: pamphlets, libretti, clippings, newspapers, scores, manuscript items, small cards, periodicals, small volumes, broadsides (some very large), epithalamia (pieces produced on the occasion of a wedding), and one photo album. There are many illustrated publications, fine engravings, woodcuts, and items with maps enclosed. About 80 percent of the material is in the Italian language, though other languages are represented, most notably Latin, French, English, German. There are also publications in Greek, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Eastern European languages.

An online database offers access to brief descriptive records for each item. See: The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection [database]

The largest and most developed subject areas, with thousands of pamphlets in each series, are Italian history from the inception of population on the Italian peninsula through the 1940s, with emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries; Italian language and literature from its earliest manifestations through the 1930s; Italian and European politics, ranging from the Etruscan body politic to political developments in the 1930s; and biographical works on Italian notables.

Smaller but still very important subject collections include Italian education, social life and customs in Italy, archaeology, music, art history, and religious history. The literary, political and scientific individuals represented by the collection are too numerous to mention in this introduction, but more detailed information can be found under the section for each subject area. As Guido Mazzoni was the protegé of Giosué Carducci, that poet is most well-represented; also, as Mazzoni was one of the leading Dante scholars in Italy of his time, materials on Dante Alighieri and his works number in the thousands.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00861
Title
Guido Mazzoni pamphlet collection
Date
1572-1946, bulk 1750-1940
Creator
Mazzoni, Guido, 1859-1943
Extent
860 Linear Feet, 49,648 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in Italian, French, German, Latin

Collection Overview

The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection spans the years 1572 through 1946, with approximately 49,648 pieces in the collection. The bulk of the material, chiefly in the Italian language, dates from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Formats represented include: pamphlets, libretti, clippings, newspapers, scores, manuscript items, small cards, periodicals, small volumes, broadsides (some very large), epithalamia (pieces produced on the occasion of a wedding), and one photo album. There are many illustrated publications, fine engravings, woodcuts, and items with maps enclosed. About 80 percent of the materials is in the Italian language, though other languages are represented, most notably Latin, French, English, German, Greek, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Eastern European languages. A fully searchable database--The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection [database] offers access to brief descriptive records for each item. Hundreds of pamphlets, particularly the epithalamia, were described more fully for the library's online catalog and can be found by using the subject keywords "provenance" and "mazzoni guido." A full set of more than 30 volumes held by the library offers photocopied images of Mazzoni's handwritten catalog slips for subject and name access to the pamphlets. Additional access in the form of digitized images of cover pages and some content, is found at the 1994 exhibit web site, A Renaissance at Duke: the Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection.

Guido Mazzoni built up his library in several ways. He purchased many items from rare book dealers and other book sellers in Italy, particularly in Padua, Florence, and Bologna. His colleagues and former students sent him thousands of offprints, extracts, and small volumes of their work, most of them inscribed to Mazzoni. He accumulated materials from his work in the Italian Senate, most notably in areas of education, politics, and the humanities. He also acquired either by purchase or by inheritance entire libraries of academic colleagues, some of whom became his relatives by marriage. Some of these names include Giuseppe Chiarini, his father-in-law, and Raffaello Fornaciari.

The importance of the Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection primarily lies in its contribution to the fields of European and Italian studies. It is a broad but selective bibliography - put into material form, as it were - of nineteenth-century European culture and its transition into the twentieth century. The intellectual arrangement assigned to the pamphlets by library staff places them into thirty-one subject areas, described in detail at these links:

The largest and most developed subject areas, each represented by thousands of pamphlets, are: Italian history from the inception of population on the Italian peninsula through the 1940s, with emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries; Italian language and literature from their earliest manifestations through the 1930s; Italian and European politics, ranging from the Etruscan period to the 1930s; and biographical works on Italian notables. Smaller but still very important subject collections include Italian education, social life and customs in Italy, archaeology, music, art history, and religious history. Many individual items, particularly literary publications, are rare and difficult to locate in the United States and even in Italy.

The literary, political and scientific individuals represented by the collection are too numerous to mention in this introduction, but more detailed information can be found under the section for each subject area. Suffice it to say that virtually every important poet, dramatist, writer, historian, and political figure of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is represented, and, perhaps more importantly, many minor authors and political figures of those eras whose works are now difficult to find. In addition, prominent scientific individuals of the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries are represented in the collection. As Guido Mazzoni was the protegé of Giosué Carducci, that poet is most well-represented; also, as Mazzoni was one of the leading Dante scholars in Italy of his time, materials relating to every topic in Dante studies number in the thousands.

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Arrangement

Pamphlets and other items were marked on front cover with Mazzoni's original accession numbers; these call numbers and the original order have been retained.

Mazzoni's call numbers consist of a capital letter (A-G), an Arabic numeral, and a Roman numeral, and so are distinguishable from all other Rubenstein Library call number formats. For example, A.13.XV represents pamphlet number 15 in group A, section 13. Some large-format items have been given a "Q" or an "F" to designate them as oversize materials. They have been separated from the main collection and housed in appropriately sized containers, and appear at the end of this finding aid.

The pamphlets are housed in section order, A-G, in pamphlet boxes; the contents for each box can be found in the online catalog records for each letter section. For abbreviated bibliographic descriptions for each individual piece, see the keyword-searchable Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection [online database]. These title-level records give the call number, title, year of publication, author, one subject category, and other notes.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Guido Mazzoni pamphlet collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Guido Mazzoni pamphlet collection, 1572-1994

1613 pamphlet boxes

To request items from the Mazzoni pamphlet collection, whose contents are described generally in the narrative portions of this collection guide, please consult with a Rubenstein Library reference archivist.

 

Historical Note

Chronology List

Date Event(s)
1859 Guido Mazzoni born in Florence, Italy
c.1875-1880 Studied in Pisa, then in Bologna under Giosué Carducci
1880 Published three works at age twenty-one: Versi (a collection of his own poetry), a translation of epigrams by Meleager, and Saggi su Melchior Cesarotti
1881 Appointed professor of liceo (undergraduate-level school); taught in schools in Lodi, Pisa, and Rome
1887 Appointed Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Padua
1889 Initiated the lecture series "Lectura Dantis" of Orsanmichele in Florence
1894 Nominated to the Chair of Italian Literature at the University of Florence, remaining there 40 years
1897 Married Nella Chiarini, the daughter of one of his closest colleagues, Giuseppe Chiarini; had four children, Piero, Gina, Silvia, and Carlo
1910 Elected to the Italian Parliament as Senator (life term); actively served until 1942
1915 Guido Mazzoni volunteered for military duty during World War I in exchange for his son, Carlo, who was in Austrian prisoner-of-war camp until 1917; assigned to the Alpine region as lieutenant at age 56
1917 Promoted to Captain
1918 Received awards for his bravery in battles on the front lines of the Isonzo River
1934 Retired from the University of Florence
1943 Died in Florence

Related Material

The Guido Mazzoni library acquisition consisted of Mazzoni's library of books as well as the pamphlet collection. The rare volumes and other publications, including many of the "per nozze," in Mazzoni's main library were cataloged for the Perkins Library Rare Book Department, and many titles were also cataloged for the Perkins Library general book collections. All of these items can be found in the online Duke Libraries catalog by searching for the note linking them to the Guido Mazzoni library. Please consult with a reference librarian for assistance.


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Provenance

The Guido Mazzoni pamphlet collection was originally received as a purchase as part of the Rare Books Department of Duke University's Perkins Library in 1947, and now forms part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library holdings.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet and student assistants, 1992-1994

Encoded by Paula Jeannet, June 2014

Other Notes

For title-level information about items in the collection see: The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection [database].