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Giacomo Leopardi

Recanati 1798 - Napoli 1837


Bibliography: E. Carini, Bibliografia analitica leopardiana (1971-1980), Firenze 1986; E. Carini-A. Sbriccoli, Bibliografia analitica leopardiana (1981-1986), Firenze 1998; E. Speciale, Bibliografia leopardiana, http://www.in-su-la.com/italianistica/bibleop/bibleop.htm; BIL: Bibliografia informatizzata leopardiana, 1815-1999: manuale d'uso ver. 1.0, a cura di S. Magherini, Firenze 2003; G. Polizzi, Leopardi, Giacomo, in Il Contributo italiano alla storia del Pensiero. Filosofia, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 2012.

Studies on the library: A. Avoli, Monaldo e la sua biblioteca, in M. Leopardi, Autobiografia, Roma 1883, pp. 147-426; M. Leopardi, Della formazione ed accrescimento di questa Biblioteca, in Guida di Recanati, a cura di V. Spezioli, Recanati 1898, pp. 174-182; M. Porena, Un settennio di letture di Giacomo Leopardi, «Rivista d’Italia», XXV, 1922, pp. 68-83; F. Foschi, Intellettuali ed istituzioni culturali a Recanati dal XIII al XX secolo, «Il casanostra» XCIII, 1979-80, pp. 23-48; G. Landolfi Petrone, Filosofi del Settecento nelle letture di Leopardi, in Bibliothecae Selectae. Da Cusano a Leopardi, a cura di E. Canone, Firenze 1993, pp. 475-491; E. Benucci, La Biblioteca di Palazzo Leopardi a Recanati, «La fabbrica del libro», VII, 2001, (http://www.fondazionemondadori.it/cms/culturaeditoriale/238/20011); Ead., “Io gli studi talor lasciando e la sudate carte”. La Biblioteca di Palazzo Leopardi a Recanati, in Biblioteche nobiliari e circolazione del libro tra Settecento e Ottocento, a cura di G. Tortorelli, Bologna, 2002, pp.157-203; M. Balzano, Il selvaggio americano e le sue fonti nell’opera di Leopardi, «Rivista di Storia della Filosofia», LX , 2005, pp. 225-267;  G. Polizzi-V. Sordoni, Uno scritto dimenticato del giovane Leopardi: la Disputatio e il suo rapporto con le Dissertazioni filosofiche, «Rivista di Storia della Filosofia», LXIV, 2009, pp. 653-708; Catalogo della biblioteca Leopardi in Recanati (1847-1899), nuova edizione a cura di A. Campana, Firenze, Olschki 2011, VIII-316 p.; Giacomo dei Libri. La Biblioteca Leopardi come spazio delle idee, a cura di F. Cacciapuoti, Milano, 2012, 351 p..

Online resources:

Catalogo della Biblioteca Leopardi in Recanati, in «Atti e memorie della deputazione di storia patria per le province delle Marche», IV, 1899, Ancona, Morelli 1899, 447 p.

The Leopardi family library was created by Count Monaldo Leopardi, father of the poet, who initially purchased books only occasionally during fairs at Recanati and Senigallia. Later, however, he took advantage of the suppression of religious orders following Napoleon’s invasion of Italy (1798-1799) and subsequently of the occupation of the Marche region united with the Kingdom of Italy (1807-1808) to buy in bulk the book collections of abandoned religious congregations and convents. This explains the prevalently theological nature of the texts in the Leopardi family library. The collection was further expanded by Giacomo and his brothers, who were for some time the only ones to use it, despite the fact that in 1812 Monaldo had had a plaque hung which declared the library open not only to filiis but also to amicis and civibus.
The catalogue reproduces, in diplomatic transcription, a list deposited at the Roman National Archives by the Leopardi family for the obtainment of the rights of primogeniture. The list contains about 14,000 titles, in alphabetical order. Each title is provided with a complete bibliographic description: author, title, place and date printed, format.
The reproduced copy of the catalogue belonged to Sebastiano Timpanaro and is currently part of the Timpanaro collection in the library of the Scuola Normale in Pisa. Although lacking its heading, preface and appendix, it offers rare annotations in Leopardi’s own handwriting, all concerning 19th century editions of classical works: On p. 71 he corrected the alphabetical order of the list of titles, inserting Caesar, which had been placed as Caesaris on p. 92. On pp. 98-99 he corrected the title and the date of publication of some works by Cicero (but if he indicated correctly that the Frammenti della Repubblica were not “regularized” but rather “translated into the vernacular” by  Teresa Carniani-Malvezzi, he seems to have overlooked that the year of publication was 1827 and not 1807, as is indicated). On p. 117 he again corrected a title (Meletemata instead of Opuscula graeca illustrata), and on p. 124, the publication date of a volume of Demosthenes and Aeschines, noting that it contains only the Latin translation. On p. 143 he noted that the editor of the Historia ecclesiastica by Eusebius was Henricus Valesius and not Henrico Volgius. On pp. 184 and 189 he placed a note to refer to p. 188 (at the entry Grevius). On p. 203 he corrected the name of the editor of Horace. On p. 211 in placed a note to refer to Flavio Giuseppe (p. 181), and on p. 267, the number of a volume. On p. 313 he gave the exact number of the volumes comprising the Variarum lectionum by Pietro Vettori. On p. 387 he corrected the date of a 16th century edition of Giovanni Stobeo. On p. 423 he placed a note to refer to p. 313, for Pietro Vettori. On p. 446 he corrected the Latin declination of the name of an author and the publication date of a 16th century lexicon.


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G. Pacella, Elenchi di letture leopardiane, «Giornale storico della letteratura italiana», CXLIII, 1966, pp. 557-577.

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