The Medici Oriental Press:
Knowledge and Cultural Transfer around 1600

Edited by Eckhard Leuschner and Gerhard Wolf

2022, cm 17 x 24, xxxii-502 pp. con 57 figg. bn n.t.

ISBN: 9788822267924

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Founded in 1584 by Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici and directed by Giovanni Battista Raimondi, the Typographia Medicea was devoted to printing with non-Latin letterpress types. It published, among others, editions of the Gospels in Arabic and Arabic-Latin, grammars of the Arabic and Syriac languages and classical Arabic texts on philosophy, geography, and mathematics. The present book collects essays on the Typographia’s origins, editorial and commercial activities, and cultural environment. Transcripts of newly discovered documents connected to the Medici Press are published and commented on, revealing both the global vision and the pitfalls of an exceptional publishing house in the early modern era.

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