Among the many treasures kept in the museum of Sorrento, there are also those kept in its library. In it we can find 400 manuscripts, almost six thousand volumes and booklets, besides a certain number of volumes making up the basis of the so-called seicentine and cinquecentine (respectively books written in the 17th and 16th centuries).
Among the many treasures kept in the Correale Museum of Sorrento there are also those kept in its library. In it we can find 400 manuscripts, almost six thousand volumes and booklets, a rich collection of Tasso editions starting from the 16th century, containing translations of the Freed Jerusalem into foreign languages and into some Italian dialects, besides a certain number of volumes making up the basis of the cinquecentine and seicentine.
To these Mr. Mario Russo – a teacher responsible for the library itself – has dedicated a study which has met with the approvals of Mr. Filippo Merola and the Lawyer Giuliano Buccino Grimaldi (respectively director and president of the Correale Museum). With the intention of accelerating a process of knowledge of the treasures kept in the wonderful museum (already started for a long time and recently made more intense with the reproduction of the Dried herbal by Domenico Coscarelli), its Board of Directors(to which also the lawyer Nino Cuomo belongs) created an interesting publication which was entitled The Cinquecentine of the Library of the Correale Museum .
In explaining the reasons of this choice, Mr. Filippo Merola wanted to underline the charm exerted by ancient books, which, though being niche products, have to be discovered. By promoting the interest for ancient and rare books, also the evaluation of local culture and language is promoted. Ancient books are not only texts but objects provided with other values, sometimes more important than the books themselves: fundamental are the writing and the press, the ornamentation and the illustration, for instance.
Thanks to the publication cured by Mr. Mario Russo, now it is possible to know some details and have pictures of 87 volumes, 31 of which concerning works of Torquato Tasso, 9 of which of his father Bernardo and 7 literary disputes about the Freed Jerusalem and other works composed by both of them.
There are also ancient classics, works concerning the most important Italian men of letters (Dante, Petrarch and Ariosto) and about law, aristocratic , religious (and not only) topics.
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