Library Acquisitions & Resources

Since 1995, the Devers Program has supported continued rare book acquisitions with special emphasis in the areas of Dante studies, Italian Renaissance literature, and works relating to the Medieval and Renaissance history of the Italian language.

The Zahm Dante Collection in Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Notre Dame ranks among the most important and historic Dante collections in North America. The fifteenth and sixteenth century imprints, which constitute the heart of the Dante collection, were primarily acquired in 1902 by John A. Zahm, C.S.C. from the Italian Dantophile Giulio Acquaticci. The collection currently holds nearly 3,000 volumes of rare editions and critical studies ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The collection also includes eight incunabula and almost every edition published in the 16th century.

In 1994, the exhibit “Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)” displayed these early editions first at Notre Dame and then at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The exhibit focused specifically on essential primary sources for both the history of Dante’s reception during the Renaissance and the early history of the printed book.

Other Related Italian Studies Collections at Notre Dame:

Recent Aquisitions

New Library acquisition: Historia antica di Ricordano Malespini...

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: Historia antica di Ricordano Malespini gentil’huomo Fiorentino dall’edificazione de Fiorenza per insino all’anno M. CCLXXXI. Con l’aggiunta di Giachetto svo nipote dal detto anno per insino al 1286. Florence: Nella stamperia de i Giunti, 1568.

New Library acquisition: Fragmenta vestigii veteris Romae ex lapidibus Farnesianis...

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: 

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Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. Fragmenta vestigii veteris Romae ex lapidibus Farnesianis nunc primum in lucem edita, cum notis Io. Petri Bellorii, ad Eminentiss. ac Reverendiss. Camillum Maximum S.R.E. Cardinalem. Rome: Typis I. Corvi, sumptibus Ioannis Iacobi de Rubeis, 1673.

New Library acquisition: Considerazioni sopra le rime del Petrarca

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: 

Alessandro Tassoni. Considerazioni sopra le rime del Petrarca. Col confronto de’luoghi de’poeti antichi di varie lingue. Aggiuntavi nel fine una scelta dell’annotazioni del Muzio ristrette, e parte esaminate. Modena: G. Cassiani, 1609.