Project Team

EMoBookTrade project team

Angela NuovoAngela Nuovo is Principal Investigator of EMoBookTrade and professor of History of the Book and Librarianship at the University of Udine. She has been Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, in 2012, and the recipient of an Ahmanson Research Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles in 2014. In 2016 she has been Gastprofessur für Italienische Literatur und Kulturwissenschaft (Cattedra de Sanctis) at ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich). Among her recent publications: The Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013; paperback edition 2015) and with Christian Coppens, I Giolito e la stampa nell'Italia del XVI secolo (Genève: Droz, 2005).

Francesco AmmannatiFrancesco Ammannati, Ph.D. in Analysis and historicization of production processes (Economic History). He received a degree in Economics at the University of Florence in 2003 with a thesis in Economic History entitled “The labour books of Andrea di Carlo di messer Bartolomeo and Co. (1470-1476)”, a case-study which aimed to reconstruct the activity of a wool workshop acting in Prato in the second half of the Fifteenth century; and a Ph.D. at the University of Bari in 2007 (doctoral dissertation “The Arte della lana in Florence During the 16th Century - Comparative Analysis of the Production and Productivity Through the Busini Partnerships' Account Books”). His main research field is the pre-industrial European Economic history (13th-18th centuries); his scientific interests include in particular the history of manufacture and trade, with a focus on guilds, labour market and international merchant networks. He is also concerned about the evolution of the accounting practices between Late Middle Age and Early Modern Time. He taught as an adjunct professor the “Economic History” course at the University of Florence and since 2005 has collaborated with the Fondazione Istituto di Storia Economica “F. Datini” in Prato. At present, he is a Research Fellow of the ERC funded project EINITE (Economic Inequality in Italy and Europe, 1300-1800) at the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics of the L. Bocconi University in Milan.

Giliola BarberoGiliola Barbero obtained a Ph.D. in Literature of Italian Humanism at the University of Messina with a thesis about Gasparino Barzizza’s Orthographia. From 1995 to 2008 she has worked as curator in Ambrosiana Library. Since 2005 she has managed the Censimento dei manoscritti medievali della Lombardia and for the Italian Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico she collaborated in the design of the national software Manus OnLine. She teaches IT for Cultural Heritage at the Catholic University of Milan. In the last years her main research subject has been the study of 16th century editions of Bernardino Telesio’s works, a project promoted by the Centro Internazionale di Studi Telesiani, Bruniani e Campanelliani (Cosenza). For this purpose, travelling through European libraries, she described about 400 books and studied catalogues of ancient libraries, commercial enterprises and fairs. The Census is going to be published in Paris by Les belles lettres.

Andrea BocchiAndrea Bocchi graduated in History of Italian Language at the University of Pisa in 1989, studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore and Universität des Saarlandes, obtained his PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore (2003) and University of Pisa (2010). Since 2011, he teaches at the University of Udine. He published commercial, mathematical, literary, and administrative documents from mediaeval Marche, Umbria, Tuscany, Veneto and worked also on modern texts (G. Mazzini, A. Manzoni). His most recent books focus on the European history of the word ‘demagogue’ (L’eterno demagogo, Turin, 2011); a 14th-century Latin-Italian dictionary (Il glossario di Cristiano da Camerino, Padua, 2015); the plays of a Venetian dramatist (Francesco Griselini, Teatro, Pisa, 2015). He is currently working on late mediaeval documents from Fano, Camerino and Ancona, the 15th-century portolano by Grazioso Benincasa, and the works of Michelangelo Florio. In EMoBookTrade he will provide assistance on linguistic issues for the publication of the Gabiano papers.

Flavia BruniFlavia Bruni is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Udine and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She has a Master in History of the Reformation from the Sapienza University of Rome, a Master in Early Printed Books from the University of Siena, a PhD from Bologna and the diploma from the Vatican Library School. She worked for the bibliography of sixteenth-century Italian books Edit16, the Italian collective catalogue SBN, the project on broadsheets of the Inquisition of the Biblioteca Casanatense of Rome, the Bibliographical Bulletin of European Culture from Boethius to Erasmus (6th-15th century) Medioevo Latino and the RICI on sixteenth-century booklists of Italian religious houses. From 2009 to 2015 she worked as a Research Assistant for the Universal Short Title Catalogue project of the University of St Andrews. In 2015-2016 she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Sapienza University of Rome for the ENBaCH - European Network for Baroque Cultural Heritage. Her research focuses on the history of books and libraries in Early Modern Italy alongside a longstanding interest and experience in the digital humanities for what concerns the digitisation of manuscript and printed books, text encoding and digital preservation. She joined the EmoBookTrade team to work on the stock book of the Venetian publisher and bookseller Bernardino Giunti (EMoBookTrade Objective 2).

Andrea OttoneAndrea Ottone earned a Bachelor in Philosophy from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a PhD from the University of Naples “Federico II” with a dissertation on book circulation within the southern Italian province of the Carthusian Order in late sixteenth century. In the framework of the RICI programme, a project concerned with the book holdings of the regular clergy in late Cinquecento Italy, he focused on the libraries of the Augustinian Order. He taught Western Civilization, European and World History as a Graduate Teaching Associate at the Ohio State University. He has published on topics related to book history, readership and censorship; his research interests also include the history of technology and the social history of Venice. Within the EMoBookTrade project he will study the stock book of Bernardo di Bernardo Giunti, publisher and bookseller in Venice.

Laura PaniLaura Pani is Professor of Latin Palaeography at the University of Udine, where she entered in 1994 as a lecturer; she is regular professor for the courses of Latin Palaeography, Advanced Latin Paleography and Diplomatics. Her research activity is focused on the history of Latin handwriting in the Middle Ages; she deals with manuscript traditions (particularly with Paul the Deacon’s Historia Langobardorum), with carolingian manuscripts and writing centres and with the edition of documentary sources. She is chief editor of Scrineum Rivista. In 2012, she happened to discover that the manuscript London, British Library, Harley 5383, a rather obscure 14th century copy of Paul the Deacon’s Historia Langobardorum, is entirely autograph by Giovanni Boccaccio. This discovery, also enhanced by the Italian press, allowed her to work further on Boccaccio’s handwriting, books and library. As a member of the Permanent International Workshop on Cursive Handwriting, she is specialized in cursive handwritings from the Early Middle Ages up to the methods of teaching and learning handwriting in Italian schools during the 19th and 20th centuries. She joined the EMoBookTrade project team in order to study the evidence of literacy and written culture emerging from Gabiano’s Papers.

Goran ProotGoran Proot obtained his Ph.D. in Language and Literature at the University of Antwerp with a thesis about Jesuit theater in the Southern Netherlands from the period 1575–1773. He has been director of the Short Title Catalogue Flanders project (STCV), a major bibliographical project documenting all pre–1801 hand-press books published in Flanders. He is editor-in-chief of the book historical journal De Gulden Passer, and he is president of the Flanders Book Historical Society. He has worked as curator of rare books at Antwerp University Library (2003–2009). In 2012 he became Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. In 2014 he moved to the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris, where he directed the digital library and the conservation laboratory. On 1 November 2016, he joined the EMoBookTrade project funded by the ERC about the 16th-c. book trade under the direction of prof. Angela Nuovo at the Università di Udine, Italy. During the coming years, he will survey book prices from the period 1555–1630 in the archives of Christopher Plantin and his successors at the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp, in addition to French printed publishers' and booksellers' catalogues.

Erika SquassinaErika Squassina graduated in Archival and Library Science in 2011, and four years later she obtained her Ph.D. in Book History at the University of Udine with a thesis about the privilege system in Venice over the period between 1469-1545 (tutor: prof. Angela Nuovo). Since 2013 she has worked as teaching assistant in the courses of Book History and Library Science at the same University of Udine. Since March 2016, she is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Cagliari where she is working at the project of a complete census of 16th-century editions in Sardinian libraries. For the EMoBookTrade project, she is responsible of the sub-project on the book privileges granted in Venice up to 1603 through the study of the archival records in the Venice State Archive.

Lisa BarbianiLisa Barbiani is EMoBookTrade Project Manager. Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature (English – Spanish, 2004), since 2012 she is collaborating with the University of Udine in the management and financial reporting of European projects (mainly ERC projects).