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Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History) Hardcover – February 14, 2013
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"this compact, meticulous, and captivating study...contributes greatly to our knowledge of early Italian printmaking and visual culture. The author's analysis moves beyond matters normally associated with Renaissance printmaking to consider the social context in which the book was produced and its role within diplomatic exchange. Its scholarly reach provides a compelling model for how early Italian printmaking might be approached by asking different questions of printed material."
Mark McDonald - Print Quarterly
"As calls to interdisciplinarity are becoming increasingly common rhetoric in academia, Roberts makes us rediscover a tradition that challenges and problematizes modern compartmentalized knowledge...a truly outstanding book that will certainly speak to a variety of scholars across the humanities and broaden the disciplinary and intellectual horizons of many."
Veronica Della Dora - H-Net Reviews
"Roberts elegantly written discussion reveals the importance of Berlinghieri's finely-crafted book as, at once, an object of politics and cultural status, Florentine skill in bookmaking, Europe's intellectual reach, a statement about Ottoman power, and expression of the mutual benefits of trade and geographical knowledge for the Ottomans and the Florentines...Modern understanding of the geography of the Renaissance will be enlivened by this authoritative book about the authority invested in books."
Charles WJ Withers - Cultural Geographies
"In his detailed examination of Berlinghieri's book as material object, Roberts reveals its liminal quality between the cultures of manuscript and print. He also provides an illuminating view of an early effort in the new technology of copperplate engraving...this is a valuable study that demonstrates the usefulness of examining the production and context of a single (and in this case especially fascinating) book."
Pamela Long - American Historical Review
"The end result is a vivid picture of a political and intellectual culture whose engagement with geographical knowledge challenges many assumptions concerning Renaissance scholarship and early modern interactions between Muslim and Christian powers."
Nicholas Popper - Geographical Review
About the Author
Sean Roberts is the 2014-2015 Robert Lehman Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
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