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History of Science Rare Books and Manuscripts


Federico Commandino Manuscript Collection

The ‘Biblioteca Universitaria’ of the University of Urbino, whose existence dates back to 1506, holds a collection of mixed manuscripts and printed papers attributed to the school of Federico Commandino. As part of a cooperation between the ‘Biblioteca Universitaria’ of Urbino (and its archive ‘Fondo Antico’), the cultural association ‘Centro Internazionale di Studi Urbino e la Prospettiva’ (Urbino) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), these documents have, for the first time, been digitised by Francesco Serafini, and are now made available online as open-access documents. The current selection includes correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and other materials pertinent to Commandino and to his pupils.

Guidobaldo del Monte Archival Collection

The Biblioteca Oliveriana in Pesaro helds a unique archival collection on Guidobaldo del Monte. In the framework of a cooperation between the Biblioteca Oliveriana, the Scuola Normale, Pisa, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, a selection of manuscripts from this archive is for the first time digitally documented, described, and made openly available. The current selection includes correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and other materials pertinent to Guidobaldo's biography and will be enhanced by scholarly metadata.
In addition, other sources from Guidobald del Monte and modern scholarly commentaries have been made available in cooperation with the University of Pisa.

Rare Books from the Giusti Private Collection

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Rare Books from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Library (Selection)

The MPIWG Library is digitizing sources from its collections to make them freely available to a larger public for research purposes.
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