We're pleased to announce three additions to the I Tatti Renaissance Library for the fall season:
- Pietro Bembo's History of Venice chronicles the internal politics and external affairs of the legendary republic, principally conflicts with other European states (France, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, Milan, and the papacy) and with the Turks in the East. History of Venice, Volume 1, Books I-IV is the first in a projected three-volume edition of this seminal work, available now for the first time in English.
- Leonardo Bruni (1370–1444) was the leading civic humanist of the Italian Renaissance, famous in his day as a translator, orator, and historian, as well as the best-selling author of the fifteenth century. His History of the Florentine People is generally considered the first modern work of history, and was widely imitated by humanist historians for two centuries after its official publication by the Florentine Signoria in 1442. This third volume concludes the edition, the first to make the work available in English translation.
- Pius II (1405–1464) began life as Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini in a small town near Siena and became a famous Latin poet and diplomat. Originally an opponent of the papacy as well as something of a libertine, Aeneas eventually reconciled himself with the Roman church and became a priest, then a cardinal. Finally he was elected Pope Pius II (1458) and dedicated his pontificate to organizing a pan-European crusade against the Ottoman Empire. Pius’s Commentaries, the only autobiography ever written by a pope, was composed in elegant humanistic Latin modeled on Caesar and Cicero. This edition contains a fresh Latin text based on the last manuscript written in Pius’s lifetime and an updated and corrected version of the 1937 translation by Florence Alden Gragg.
More on the I Tatti Renaissance Library--history, purpose and forthcoming volumes.