Book review PIETER BLAEU, Lettere ai Fiorentini Antonio Magliabechi Leopoldo e Cosimo III de' Medici, e altri, 1660-1705. Edizione con commento e saggio introduttivo in italiano e in inglesc [di] Alfonso Mirto & Henk Th. Van Veen. Firenze, Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storio dell'Arte/Amsterdam, etc. APA-Holland University Press, 1993. xiv, 322 pp., illus., ISBN 90 302 1298 5. The publication of the letters of Pieter Blaeu to his Florentine correspondents is good news indeed. The importance of these sources was acknowledged even by Blaeu's con- temporaries, and historians have used them and quoted from them - but until now there has been no complete edition. The 170 letters that Alfonso Mirto and Henk van Veen have now annotated and published are a rich treasure-trove for our knowledge of intellectual relations between Italy and the Dutch Republic in general and between Florence and Amsterdam in particular. 'I'he introduction is printed in both Italian and English and consists of two parts. Van Veen writes about 'Pieter Blaeu, from bookseller to alderman' while Mirto's subject is 'Pietcr Blaeu and the booktrade with Florence'. To understand how the Blaeu firm managed to survive for so long, van Veen explains in a cogent
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