Vol. 12 No. 2 (2021)

Emanuele Casamassima palaeographer and book historian

Stefano Zamponi
University of Florence, Department SAGAS (History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts)

Published 2021-05-15


  • Emanuele Casamassima,
  • Paleografia,
  • Catalogazione dei manoscritti,
  • Restauro di manoscritti e libri a stampa,
  • Dottrine paleografiche del rinascimento

How to Cite

Zamponi, Stefano. 2021. “Emanuele Casamassima Palaeographer and Book Historian”. JLIS.It 12 (2):1-22. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12702.


This paper aims to present a brief overview on Emanuele Casamassima and his research on palaeography and the history of the book. The following topics are discussed:

- cataloguing manuscripts according to different models (analytical, short, shared descriptions)

- restoration of manuscript and printed books

- palaeographic doctrines from the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance

- importance of sixteenth-century Italian writing masters for the study of the history of handwriting

- aspects of the history of the handwriting in the late Middle Ages (the writing of Petrarch and Boccaccio; the humanistic graphic reform)

- palaeography as a study of graphic structures, with a focus on the cursive tradition, especially during the Roman age (1st-4th centuries) and in the Middle Ages (10th-13th centuries).


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