Italian books and French medical libraries in the Renaissance

Graheli, S. (2017) Italian books and French medical libraries in the Renaissance. In: Bellingradt, D., Nelles, P. and Salman, J. (eds.) Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe: Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption. Series: New directions in book history. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 243-266. ISBN 9783319533650 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53366-7_11)

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Abstract

This chapter explores the circulation, collection and use of Italian books by French medical doctors in the Renaissance. Medical humanism and the innovative methods adopted in Italian universities prompted many doctors and students of medicine to travel to Italy. This chapter explores how they acquired Italian books for their courses and collected them as mementos of their journey. The author highlights the exchange of Italian books both as gifts and as part of private transactions. Court physicians were particularly keen collectors of such items. The evidence presented from probate inventories indicates that doctors owned a range of items, from cheap editions for everyday use to valuable items of great prestige. The chapter concludes with reflections on collecting as a means of social elevation.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Graheli, Dr Shanti
Authors: Graheli, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9783319533650
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Books in Motion in Early Modern Europe: Beyond Production, Circulation and Consumption
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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