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The Book Inventories of Servite Authors and the Survey of the Roman Congregation of the Index in Counter- Reformation Italy

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The book lists sent to Rome at the end of the sixteenth century as part of a survey undertaken by the Roman Congregation of the Index support Roger Chartier's assertion. The Roman authorities asked the religious orders to list all the books, not just forbidden works, held in monasteries and cloisters or personally owned by monks or friars. Lelio Baglioni considered Angelo Maria Montorsoli one of his 'capital enemies' and Montorsoli's work a product of his 'melancholic moods'. The survey by the Roman Congregation of the Index covered the entire Italian peninsula, and therefore provides a valuable means of investigating the diffusion and circulation of editions. When an edition did not have a date on the title page or in the colophon, the author of Lelio and Antonio Zanobi's inventory looked for a date of printing in the preliminary material.

Keywords: Angelo MariaMontorsoli; book lists; Italian peninsula; Lelio Baglioni; Roman Congregation



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