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Correspondence of Pietro Bembo

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MS. Ital. c. 23
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Correspondence of Pietro Bembo (1470-1547), including:

  1. (fols. 1-9, 30-56) draft letters to various correspondents, 1515-1539;
  2. (fols. 10-29) letters to his secretary, Cola Bruno, 1529-1540;
  3. (fols. 61-148) letters to Bembo, 1512-1542.

Many letters are printed in Pietro Bembo, Opere (Venice, 1729).


  • Creation: 1512-1542


153 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Ital. c. 23, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Ital. c. 23

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16641


Correspondence of Pietro Bembo (1470-1547).

Biographical / Historical

Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist and a cardinal.

Custodial History

  1. Owned by Marchese Ugolino Barisone, 1729;
  2. MS. MCCCXCI in the library of Jacopo Soranzo, 1747;
  3. Bought by M. L. Canonici soon after 1780;
  4. Bookplate of Walter Sneyd, who bought it in 1835.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Sotheby's, 27 June 1932 (Sneyd sale), lot 138.


  • See C. H. Clough A portion of Pietro Bembo's Epistolario, BLR, 8 (1967-72), 26-40.

Physical Facet

Bound for M. L. Canonici in red morocco, gilt, labelled 'Lettere origin. di M. Pietro Bembo e di altri a lui' on spine, late 18th century

Correspondence of Pietro Bembo (1470-1547)
EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Weston Library
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