Pietro Bembo’s Signature on a Papal Brief

Papal brief, signed by Pietro Bembo, the secretary to Leo X.

Italy: 1518. Manuscript document on paper. Only the second half of the document. 13 lines, chancery script, probably written by Ludovico degli Arrighi. Signed by Pietro Bembo as Papal Secretary. Two lines filled by a different hand. With the residue of the papal red wax seal and cord. Water stain to the left edge, and upper right corner. Chipped at sides.

Papal brief, signed by Pietro Bembo, mentions Carlos I of Spain (later Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor).

With the signature of Pietro Bembo, the papal secretary, cardinal and scholar, librarian of St. Mark's in Venice, and friend of Aldus Manutius. By the time Bembo had a firm position in the papal court, his reputation as a poet was well established by De Aetna and Gli Asolani, published by Aldus in 1495 and 1505. He became appointed by Leo X to the Latin secretary of the Papal court in 1513, and soon became known as the leading advocate of Ciceronian Latin in Europe and of the Tuscan dialect within Italy.

The document was probably written by Ludovico degli Arrighi who served as a papal scribe at the time, known for his influential pamphlet on the italic script known as chancery cursive.


Price: €8,000.00

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