January 21, 2022

Report: Library Fire in Southern Italy Causes Three Deaths and Destruction of Priceless Renaissance Books

From The Telegraph:

Italian magistrates on Sunday opened an inquiry into the causes of a fire that gutted an aristocrat’s library in the southern city of Cosenza on Saturday, killing three people living in an adjacent apartment and destroying ‘priceless’ works by the Renaissance philosopher Bernardino Telesio and letters to Galileo Galilei,  judicial sources said.


The three people who died were identified as Serafina Speranza, 51, Antonio Noce, 54, and Roberto Golia, 34.

Books that went up in flames in the blaze included  the first printed edition of Telesio’s great work ‘De rerum natura iuxta propria principia’ (On the Nature of Things according to their Own Principles).

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.