© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157006911X570242 Quærendo 41 (2011) 183-192 brill.nl/qua Libri da compagnia Printed in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Italy Cristina Dondi University of Oxford, England Abstract This article deals with the origin and the development of libri da compagnia , their relationship with books of hours, and the impact of the advent of printing on this type of book. It is fol- lowed by a list of ﬁfteenth- and sixteenth-centuries editions and extant copies. Keywords confraternities, libri da compagnia, books of hours, printing in Italy, ﬁfteenth century, six- teenth century In this contribution I would like to draw attention to some questions con- cerning a type of book in which Jos Hermans and I shared an interest, the Book of Hours, and more speciﬁcally, the variant produced for members of confraternities. Compagnie or confraternities were lay pious associations which were formed throughout Italy in the thirteenth century, mainly with the purpose of performing public penance ( Battuti ), then more generally to fulﬁl a pious civic service, such as comforting the sick and assisting people sentenced to death or simply to attain a spiritual beneﬁt by showing devotion to a particu- lar saint, by
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: confraternities; libri da compagnia; printing in Italy; fifteenth century; books of hours; sixteenth century
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