[Christopher Columbus] Circa 1500 Italian Family Journal. Manuscript, 62 pages, 6.5" x 9.25", Siena-Grosseto. A stunning aristocratic vellum journal covering one family's history of dowry contracts, marriages, wills, family relationships, rules, and the transfer of land and property in the town of Siena-Grosseto in Tuscany in the years 1493-1521. There is possible association to Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. The journal has been written in the late 15th and early 16th c. calligraphy with some top style writings and decorated letters on 100% genuine vellum sheets with signatures of notaries. The writing is in Latin. The wooden board binding was added later, most likely in the 19th century. The area of Siena and Grosseto is located in Tuscany in the Chianti area of Italy. This area was well known by Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. It was around the time when the journal was kept, in Tuscany,where Columbus met with Amerigo Vespucci, America's namesake, who lived in Montefioralle where he was also buried.

    It is possible that with some translation and research, references to Columbus or Vespucci could be found. The most interesting family tid-bit from the journal is that it was probably handed down in Giovanni Di Peitro's family due to the writing on the back ("Di Pietro Di Coro") and various other nuggets found inside. Giovanni Di Pietro, who died in 1318, was an official titled employee of the church of Rieti, its bishop's notary. Ancestors include Italian painter Giovanni Di Pietro b circa 1403; fl 1439-68; d before May 1479. Giovanni di Pietro is first documented in 1452 collaborating with the much younger Matteo Di Giovanni in gilding a statue by Jacopo della Quercia for Siena Cathedral.

    This journal is an amazing untapped resource of Italian heritage and a notable family. We are happy to provide a much more detailed description of this lot upon request.

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