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Cronache epistolari. Lettere 1476-1508

  • Amerigo Vespucci,
  • Edited by:
  • Leandro Perini,

After Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci was the most important navigator and explorer of all time, so much so as to deserve the esteem not only of his contemporary geographers, but also that of historians like Francesco Guicciardini who, in one of the most important chapters of his history of Italy, raised him to the rank of protagonist of universal history. The originality of this collection - bringing together for the first time all known letters of Amerigo Vespucci - consists in having considered (and demonstrated) the special nature of such correspondence as a “chronicle” of the daily life of Renaissance Tuscany and Florence, deeply marked by Humanism, with its taste, lifestyle, ideas, interests (including geographical interests), creations (printed books and their typographical workshops) from which Vespucci drew many suggestions. Once he moved first to Seville and then to Lisbon, Vespucci gained a new human experience that pushed him, following the mysteries of the Atlantic Ocean, in search of the “fame” suggested to him by the humanistic culture. After the “wonder” of the New World discovered, the result of this “intellectual chemistry” moved him to recount daily life on the Spanish and Portuguese caravels, and to describe with ethnological passion the new lands and their inhabitants in a unique and unrepeatable frame in the history of humanity.

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Leandro Perini

University of Florence, Italy

Leandro Perini is professor of Modern History of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University of Florence; he has repeatedly investigated the still unsolved problems of Vespucci’s personality, promoting numerous researches of his students, now included in international bibliographies. In 2004, together with the architect Stefano Trifogli, he also organised an exhibition of considerable success, for which he wrote the guide Amerigo Vespucci, un uomo, un Continente (“Amerigo Vespucci, un uomo, un Continente”).
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Book Title

Cronache epistolari. Lettere 1476-1508

Editors

Leandro Perini

Authors

Amerigo Vespucci

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

238

Publication Year

2013

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© 2013 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IT

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Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-6655-464-6

ISBN Print

978-88-6655-463-9

eISBN (pdf)

978-88-6655-464-6

eISBN (xml)

978-88-9273-452-4

Series Title

Biblioteca di storia

Series Issn ISSN

2464-9007

Series E-Issn

2704-5986

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