The Rosenthal Collection of North Italian Documents comprises nearly 2,500 Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, most of them notarial instruments from Veneto. Originally part of the famous collection of Sir Thomas Phillips (1792-1872), these manuscripts were dispersed in various lots beginning in the late nineteenth century. The University acquired this collection through the generosity of Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal. The documents are not formal or governmental records, but legal instruments privately commissioned by the parties involved to establish proof of title. Also included are a small body of non-notarial material, principally ducal documents and papal bulls. The Rosenthal collection is a rich source of information supporting a wide variety of scholarship, including law, art history, paleography, political history, and diplomacy.
Exhibit Publications & Documents
Guide 61p. (perfect bound), $10