Rome, Ludovico Grignano, 1633. 8vo., 276 pp., including title with engraved Barberini arms, and including Greek dedicatory poem. Bound in contemporary flexible vellum, title written on spine in ink.
Acquired through the Associates of Stanford University Libraries—Humanities Fund.
Leo Allatius (1586-1669), the author of this early regional bibliography, was a Greek scholar, theologian, and an important literary figure in Rome during the pontificate of Urban VIII. In addition, he served as librarian to Cardinal Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, and the objective of this bibliography was to celebrate the literary activity supported by Cardinal Barberini. It contains about 2500 works by 500 writers living and working in Rome during the three years of Urban VIII’s pontificate. Among the writers included are Campanella, Galileo, Gassendi, Naude, Porta, Stelluti, and the author himself. Allacci’s bibliography is the first to contain any mention of Galileo’s works, a fact that is particularly notable since it post-dates Gallileo’s trial and condemnation. The Apes Urbanae contributes to Stanford’s collections in the history and early bibliography of scientific works and early modern Italian intellectual history.