Study in Editorial Progression: Enrico Caterino Davila’s “The History of the Civil Wars in France”

By Zdenka Gredel-Manuele.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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In 1630, the first edition of Enrico Caterino Davila’s “Historia delle guerre civili di Francia” was published in the Tuscan vernacular in Venice. At this time, Venice was one of the leading centers of printing in the world. Twenty thousand copies were sold during the first year of its publication. The work was translated into Latin, French, Spanish, English, and German and has resurfaced in print many times. During the latter part of the 20th century, a resurgence of interest in Davila took place and the reprint of the 1630 edition was published. This presentation will review selected editions of Davila’s work in order to illustrate a progression of styles which illustrate a shift from the accepted format of works in print as well as the historic developments of the publishing industry.

Keywords: Editorial Progresion, Enrico Caterino Davila, The History of the Civil Wars in France

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.89-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 912.348KB).

Dr. Zdenka Gredel-Manuele

Professor of History, History Department, Niagara University, New York, USA

Zdenka Gredel-Manuele is a professor of history at Niagara University, New York. Her fields of interest and research are 20th century European history with an emphasis on German history, American ethnic history, and Renaissance history. Her studies on German and East European history have been published in The Contemporary, a leading Taiwanese historic journal. During the last ten years, she has been researching a Renaissance condottiere, Enrico Caterino Davila, and has published book chapters dealing with his life and a study of John Adams’s “Discourses on Davila”. She has expanded her research to include a study of editorial progression relating to the many editions of Davila’s work until the present. This past research explored the format of the editions as well as the historiographical aspects of Davila’s work.


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