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Varchi, Benedetto, 1503-1565 (poet and historian)



  • Existence: 1503 - 1565


Benedetto Varchi (1503-1565), Italian poet and historian, was commissioned by Cosimo de' Medici to write a history of Florence. The resulting Storia Fiorentia comprised 16 books, covering the period from 1527 to 1538. Varchi also wrote plays and poems, and translated classical works.

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Benedetto Varchi: Storia Fiorentia

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4232
Scope and Contents

Vol. I, 502 folios: (p. iii) title; (p. vii) list of contents to both volumes; (p. 1) dedicatory epistle to Cosmo de' Medici, Duke of Florence; (p. 11) preface; (p. 15) text. The volume ends in Bk XI on p. 359 of the printed edition of 1721. The companion volume is missing.

Dates: circa 1750 (copy of original printed in 1721)
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