This is a guest post by Barbara Casalini, Lelia Barcatta and Patricia O’Loughlin, senior staff with our Italian book provider, Casalini.
Mario Casalini, the father of our current owners Michele and Barbara, visited the US in the 1950s with a group of Italian publishers. During that visit a Harvard professor complained that there were no reliable channels of supply for both books and information about Italian scholarly publications. Mario decided to act on this and set up his first office in Montreal in 1958, moved next to New York and then to Florence in the early 70s. Finally, in the late 70s the company was set up in the family home in Fiesole.
Mario Casalini in the 70s
Full staff photo, 1968 ca.
Barbara and Michele Casalini, in the early 2000’s
A view of Villa La Torrossa
Portrait from front cover of Dr Franz Hildebrandt: Mr Valiant-for-Truth (145:9.c.200.5)
Continuing my mini-series of blogs about German speakers who spent time in Cambridge (see earlier posts on Wittgenstein and Bucer) I am moving on to Franz Hildebrandt (1909-1985), pastor and theologian and friend of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, founding member of the Bekennende Kirche in Nazi Germany. Continue reading
Following the Fighting windmills virtual exhibition, a short in-focus talk will be given on Tuesday 21st February at 1pm entitled Ingenuity in the age of Cervantes. Come and join us for a compelling presentation by Dr Rodrigo Cacho from MML and Dr José Ramón Marcaida from CRASHH (Library members only).
See poster below for more details.
We have recently started to catalogue various reference works transferred to the University Library from the Modern and Medieval Faculty Library’s Balkan section. Most are academic dictionaries, but among them is the delightful 1938 Croatian picture dictionary Sta je sta (What is what). Each opening provides often quite complex terminology facing illustrative pictures. Produced by two academics and writers, Iso Velikanovic and Nikola Andric, the 685-page dictionary covers a huge number of topics in quite extraordinary detail. Even cricket is included.