The year 2019 is coming to an end and I have managed to update the bibliographic database Bibliografía celestinesca on time, before 2020 starts, with the latest articles published on the topic of Celestina. That means almost 50 entries for 2019! Celestinesque scholarship is far from being dead.
My new year’s resolution regarding the database is completing the records until 2000, that means, entering the missing entries from Snow’s An Annotated Bibliography of World Interest (1930-1985) and Celestinesca’s bibliographic supplements. That’s more than one thousand entries! But, after having entered more than 2350 records, that’s nothing.
This new year 2020, I will also try to finally coordinate the bibliographic database and the bibliographic supplements of Celestinesca: there are currently about 100 records (only!) in the database that are not in the printed version. This tends to change over the year, but it seems doable.
For a new year 2020 full of interesting celestinesque scholarship! (But not too full or I will not be able to keep to my new year resolutions).
In order to optimise time and money, I decided to make a list of all the known copies of Celestina kept at public libraries in Europa and America, so that I can check the biggest amount of editions with the smallest number of trips. As a result, I have found some copies of Celestina that are neither included in Philobiblon, nor in COMEDIC, or, at least, the on-line catalogue entries for them. In case you should be planning a trip to check Celestina editions as well, I am sharing this information with you.
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Antwerp, Guillaume Montano, 1539: 1 “new” copy
- Cambridge (UK), University of Cambridge (Queen’s College Old Library), E.16.2: I am not really sure if this copy exists or not, as the catalogue entry states that there are no available copies. In any case, it seems very likely to me that this means just missing information on the digital catalogue, not that it does not exist or is lost.
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrariis and his brothers, 1553: 3 “new” copies
- Burnaby, Simon Fraser University, PQ 6427.5 C35
- Cuenca, Seminario Mayor o Conciliar de San Julián, CU-BSC, 209-D-04: It is catalogued as Introductione del signor Alphonso di Uglioa, but it is very unlikely that it is limited to that piece, as the description implies a copy of 160 leaves (the Introductione + Espositione in lingua thoscana is but 24 leaves long –last blank–, that is, signatures *, **, ***). This is but an incomplete copy: signatures **, *** and A seem to be wanting, and the Introductione seems to have been at the beginning and not at the end.
- Los Angeles, University of California Los Angeles, Z233.G4 R64ce 1553
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrariis and his brothers, 1556: 1 “new” copy
- Schwäbisch Hall, Ratsbibliothek beim Stadtarchiv Schwäbisch Hall, Oct.294
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Antwerp, widow of Martín Nucio, 1558: 1 “new” copy
- Hannover, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Lr 4591: more interesting than this new copy is the fact that Philobiblon does not include this edition in its database, despite there being several surviving copies and it appearing in the USTC
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Amberes, Philippo Nucio, 1568: 5 “new” copies
- Hannover, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Lr 4592
- Mannheim, Universität Mannheim, Mf s 052
- Milan, Biblioteca Sormani, VET.C VET.58
- Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 0001/8 P.hisp. 55: the curious bit about this is, again, that this edition is not included in Philobiblon, despite a lot of copies and surviving and this one being digitised in BSB
- Solothurn, Solothurn Zentralbibliothek, ZBS QC 184
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, [Leiden], Oficina Plantiniana, 1595: 1 “new” copy
- Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 8 FAB II, 270 RARA
- Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, [Leiden], Oficina Plantiniana, 1599: 11 “new” copies
- Erfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Erfurt, 03 – Lp. 8° 00551
- Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 8 FAB II, 272 RARA
- Halle, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, Dk 1224 y an Dl 2593 (3) (1): I am not quite sure about the second copy, as it is photocopiable and might be a moder reproduction or facsimile. However, until I confirm or refute this, it counts.
- Moscow, Российская государственная библиотека (Russian State Library), 50-6459047: I could not find a permalink to this record, but it is easy to find in the on-line catalogue
- Oldenburg, Landesbibliothek, SPR XVII A 57,1
- Salzburg, Universität Salzburg, I 73403
- Schwerin, Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ol V 890
- Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, HB 420
- Trent, Biblioteca Diocesana Vigilianum, dvd-S.M.C. 89
- Winchester, Winchester College, M12 Bk1936: No permalink for this one, as well, but it is in COPAC
- Wroclaw, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, 451607 y 451608
Having a look at the list, I would not be surprised if we keep finding new copies at German libraries, as they seem not to have been researched in depth until now. Not for nothing, a totally unknown edition of Celestina (Seville, [Jacobo Cromberger], 1502 [but 1516, before April]) was recently found at Gotha, Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt/Gotha (signature 03 – Lp. 8° 00550). Moreover, I think I might have located a further edition neither present in Philobiblon nor in COMEDIC at an Italian library, but I have still not been able to confirm this.
Researchers of picaresque and celestinesque literature are welcoming a new professional association these days: the Círculo de Estudios de la Literatura Picaresca y Celestinesca (CELPYC).
Primarily aimed at organising an international congress every three years, its first congress is scheduled for the 3rd, 4th and 5th of June of 2020 at The City College University of New York (CUNY).
Following the official announcement of the congress, the CELPYC has started its on-line presence with a Twitter profile and, more significantly, a Facebook group open to researchers and people with interest in celestinesque and picaresque literature. Its aim is to function as a meeting point for sharing, discussing and disseminating informations of celestinesque and picaresque interest, but also as an informal professional and personal network.
There is a traditional official website as well. Besides information on the congress, the most interesting bit probably is its on-line resources section. Not just because this blog is listed among the resources of celestinesque interest –thanks a lot!–, but because there is a will to gather together all the picaresque and celestinesque on-line resources relevant to a professional and a non-professional audience. And we are really eager to see how many they can get together.
In this blog, it is always good news that something is being done to encourage the study of Celestina, so that we can only wish the CELPYC a sucessful first congress and a good start.
Or, if you have Adobe Flash Player installed, see the original (and much better animated) version here.
Last 23rd of May, the Spanish Post made available this stamp featuring the title-page of the Valencia, Joan Joffre, 1514 edition of Celestina. It celebrates the yearly Festival Celestina, which takes place every August since 1996 in La Puebla de Montalbán, and about which we have talked more than once in this blog (here, here, here and here).
According to the description available at the website, the heart-shaped lock represents the impossible love of Calisto and Melibea, while the colour choice (purple) is a reference to the importance of this colour in the Middle Ages.
This is not the first time Celestina appears on a stamp. In 1998, the Spanish Post also issued a stamp devoted to this work.
Just a quick note on a recent update: A reader of this blog has drawn our attention to a digitisation of the 1545, Diego Hernández, Zaragoza edition of the Tragicomedia at the Biblioteca Digital Memoria de Madrid. Thanks to him we are, thus, able to provide you with a new title page at the relevant post, and a new link at our links section.
Remember that, if you have any relevant information regarding Celestina, you can let us know via the contact form.