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Catalogue entries of copies of Celestina not in Philobiblon and/or COMEDIC (until 1600)

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

    1. 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
    1. Burnaby, Simon Fraser University, PQ 6427.5 C35
    2. 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  IntroductioneEspositione 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.
    3. 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
    1. Schwäbisch Hall, Ratsbibliothek beim Stadtarchiv Schwäbisch Hall, Oct.294
  • Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, Antwerp, widow of Martín Nucio, 1558: 1 “new” copy

    1. 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

    1. Hannover, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Lr 4592
    2. Mannheim, Universität Mannheim, Mf s 052
    3. Milan, Biblioteca Sormani, VET.C VET.58
    4. 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
    5. Solothurn, Solothurn Zentralbibliothek, ZBS QC 184
  • Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, [Leiden], Oficina Plantiniana, 1595: 1 “new” copy

    1. Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 8 FAB II, 270 RARA
  • Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, [Leiden], Oficina Plantiniana, 1599: 11 “new” copies

    1. Erfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Erfurt, 03 – Lp. 8° 00551
    2. Göttingen, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, 8 FAB II, 272 RARA
    3. 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.
    4. 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
    5. Oldenburg, Landesbibliothek, SPR XVII A 57,1
    6. Salzburg, Universität Salzburg, I 73403
    7. Schwerin, Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ol V 890
    8. Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, HB 420
    9. Trent, Biblioteca Diocesana Vigilianum, dvd-S.M.C. 89
    10. Winchester, Winchester College, M12 Bk1936: No permalink for this one, as well, but it is in COPAC
    11. 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.

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