Benedetto Varchi: Storia Fiorentia

Scope and Content

'Storia Fiorentia', Vol. I, 502 folios: (p. iii) title; (p. vii) list of contents to both volumes; (p. 1) dedicatory epistle to Cosmo de' Medici, Duke of Florence; (p. 11) preface; (p. 15) text. The volume ends in Bk XI on p. 359 of the printed edition of 1721. The companion volume is missing.

Administrative / Biographical History

Benedetto Varchi (1502?-1565), Italian poet and historian, was commissioned by Cosimo de' Medici to write a history of Florence. The resulting Storia Fiorentia comprised 16 books, covering the period from 1527 to 1538. Varchi also wrote plays and poems, and translated classical works.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by F. Howard Marsh, 1904.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The work was first printed [Florence], 1721, and frequently thereafter.


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