Relazione della Corte Romana Fatta l’anno 1661

Angelo Corraro, Leiden, 1662 (Google Books)

In early October 1664, Lister noted that he had read: ‘Relatione la corte Romana p[ar] A. Corraro’.

This was Angelo Corraro, Relazione della Corte Romana Fatta l’anno 1661.  

Angelo Corraro was a pseudonym for  Charles de Ferrare du Tot (d. 1694), and his work was a report concerning the Venetian ambassadorship to Rome; Du Tot scathingly critiqued the papal court of Alexander VII.  The book was reprinted in English as: Rome exactly describ’d, as to the present state of it, under Pope Alexandre the Seventh : in two curious discourses [written originally in Italian, and translated into English by J(ohn) B(ulteel) (London: T. Mabb, 1664). In his Diary, Samuel Pepys declared it ‘a very excellent piece’, and it is in Pepys’ library at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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