Italica Press

Italica Press FOUNDED in 1985, Italica Press publishes English translations of medieval and Renaissance texts and of modern Italian fiction, poetry and drama, including some of the most renowned Italian writers and scholars

We are happy to announce the publication of New Italian Voices, a major new collection of Italian writers from India and...
11/02/2019

We are happy to announce the publication of New Italian Voices, a major new collection of Italian writers from India and Syria, Eastern Europe, North and sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Italy, edited and translated by Cinzia Sartini Blum and Deborah L. Contrada. They have brought together a group of accomplished, award-winning authors of growing international acclaim.
New Italian Voices is an eclectic and vibrant collection of poetry, short stories, essays, theater, and prose by twenty authors from fifteen countries writing today in Italy, in Italian.
Over the past three decades, Italy has become a destination for people driven from their homelands by economic, political, and cultural forces. The resulting demographic and social changes have largely been defined negatively by Italian media. Scaremongering headlines paint a picture of assault on the Italian coasts, a mass invasion disassociated from news about the labor market and linked instead to growing concerns about security.
Excluded and objectified in political, legal, and media narratives, migrants challenge those discourses with literary narratives, and their new voices offer a variety of transnational experiences and transcultural sensibilities, exemplifying a broad range of themes and literary strategies. Please have a look at http://www.italicapress.com/index517.html!

New from Italica Press.
08/06/2019

New from Italica Press.

We're happy to announce the publication of Giovanni Pietro Contarini's “From Cyprus to Lepanto,” translated from the Italian, with introduction and notes, by Kiril Petkov.

At Lepanto, on October 7, 1571, more than 450 heavily armed galleys with over 150,000 sailors, oarsmen, and soldiers clashed in a short but fierce fight. In terms of hardware, manpower, and logistics, it was the largest encounter of oared vessels of the pre-modern world. Lepanto was the peak of the war between the Ottomans and the Mediterranean Christian powers.

Of accounts of the battle and the events that led to it, Giovanni Pietro Contarini’s “History of the Events” holds the pride of place.

Kiril Petkov provides the first complete English translation of Contarini’s “History.” His introduction places it within its historical context of international diplomacy and war, ideological conflict, and individual agency.

Please have a look at: http://www.italicapress.com/index513.html

We're happy to announce the publication of Giovanni Pietro Contarini's “From Cyprus to Lepanto,” translated from the Ita...
08/06/2019

We're happy to announce the publication of Giovanni Pietro Contarini's “From Cyprus to Lepanto,” translated from the Italian, with introduction and notes, by Kiril Petkov.

At Lepanto, on October 7, 1571, more than 450 heavily armed galleys with over 150,000 sailors, oarsmen, and soldiers clashed in a short but fierce fight. In terms of hardware, manpower, and logistics, it was the largest encounter of oared vessels of the pre-modern world. Lepanto was the peak of the war between the Ottomans and the Mediterranean Christian powers.

Of accounts of the battle and the events that led to it, Giovanni Pietro Contarini’s “History of the Events” holds the pride of place.

Kiril Petkov provides the first complete English translation of Contarini’s “History.” His introduction places it within its historical context of international diplomacy and war, ideological conflict, and individual agency.

Please have a look at: http://www.italicapress.com/index513.html

Eileen Gardiner, In Memoriam for Italica Press author, George Hochfield, in the latest issue of the Pirandello Society N...
06/14/2019
In Memoriam: George Hochfield

Eileen Gardiner, In Memoriam for Italica Press author, George Hochfield, in the latest issue of the Pirandello Society News

A tribute to the translator of Luigi Pirandello's poetry.

Evelyn Edson’s edition and translation of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has rece...
06/10/2019

Evelyn Edson’s edition and translation of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has received another fine review, by Emmanouil Michailou, in the latest issue of Imago Mundi. “…All can enjoy this well-produced book and get ensnared by Buondelmonti’s maps and descriptions of the major islands of the Western world. Map historians in particular will be grateful to Evelyn Edson for her wonderful exposition of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s pioneering creation. Isolarii still play an important role in the growing research of cartography and having such an accessible example on one’s own desk is a privilege.” Please check this review out at: http://www.italicapress.com/index487.html#IM.

Evelyn Edson’s edition and translation of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has rece...
05/13/2019

Evelyn Edson’s edition and translation of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has received a fine review by Craig Kallendorf in the last number of Seventeenth-Century News/Neo-Latin News. “A lavish production… it does indeed meet the highest aesthetic standards, but it is also a work of scholarship, carefully prepared over a period of several years. In addition, it is a valuable reminder that Neo-Latin includes not only poetry and plays, but also less obvious genres like travel literature.” Please check this review out at: http://www.italicapress.com/index487.html#NLL2019

It's published! The latest volume in our Italica Press Documentary History of Naples series: Renaissance Naples, A Docum...
03/13/2019

It's published! The latest volume in our Italica Press Documentary History of Naples series: Renaissance Naples, A Documentary History, 1400–1600, by Charlotte Nichols and James H. Mc Gregor. Please have a look at:
http://www.italicapress.com/index133.html

We are happy to announce the publication of The Miracles and Translatio of Saint James: Books Two and Three of the Liber...
10/03/2018

We are happy to announce the publication of The Miracles and Translatio of Saint James: Books Two and Three of the Liber Sancti Jacobi, translated, with an introduction, commentaries and notes by Thomas F. Coffey and Maryjane Dunn
The pilgrimage route to Compostela is graced with an exceptional witness from its early days: the Liber Sancti Jacobi or Book of Saint James. This book is found most famously in a twelfth-century manuscript from the library of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as well as in various other manuscripts. The text provides an encyclopedia on Saint James the Great and on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional site of his burial in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
Of the five books included in the manuscript, Books II and III, published here in English translation, deal directly with the cult surrounding Saint James. In twenty-two chapters, Book II recounts twenty-five of the miracles attributed to the saint after his death. These occurred across a wide geographic area between the years 1100 and 1135. Although these represent a limited period, it is a very important one in the development of the cult of Saint James and the establishment of his cult site at Compostela.
Book III gathers elements from a variety of sources and weaves them together into a prologue and four chapters describing the transfer of Saint James’s body to Santiago de Compostela from the Holy Land, where legend says he was beheaded by Herod.
Together these two books of the Liber Sancti Jacobi provide a comprehensive description of the power and importance of the saint, reflecting his significance and the significance of Santiago de Compostela as one of the three major Christian pilgrimage sites during the Middle Ages.
This new title is part of the ongoing Italica Press Compostela Project, designed to publish in English translation, all five books of the Codex Calixtinus.
230 pages. Preface, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, and illustrations.

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09/05/2018

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Evelyn Edson’s new edition of Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has just received a very good review from Bert Johnson, vice president of the Washington Map Society, writing in the most recent issue of The Portolan.

Among the many things Johnson and The Portolan liked were the “precise reproduction of the manuscript itself (43 pages recto and verso, for a total of 86 pages). The beauty of the hand colored manuscripts and the maps they contain is striking. The maps are large and handsomely colored, accompanied by commentary on the history and current status of the island.… there follows an easier-to-read transcription of the text. This is followed by an English translation of the text…. The work closes with an extensive bibliography and index.… Evelyn Edson has done a magnificent job of ensuring that the reader will have full access to all that Buondelmonti has to offer, in both text and illustration. For his part, Buondelmonti has been fortunate in having his work examined by such a skilled exponent.”

Please have a look at: http://www.italicapress.com/index487.html

Evelyn Edson’s new edition of Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has just received a ...
09/05/2018

Evelyn Edson’s new edition of Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Description of the Aegean and Other Islands has just received a very good review from Bert Johnson, vice president of the Washington Map Society, writing in the most recent issue of The Portolan.

Among the many things Johnson and The Portolan liked were the “precise reproduction of the manuscript itself (43 pages recto and verso, for a total of 86 pages). The beauty of the hand colored manuscripts and the maps they contain is striking. The maps are large and handsomely colored, accompanied by commentary on the history and current status of the island.… there follows an easier-to-read transcription of the text. This is followed by an English translation of the text…. The work closes with an extensive bibliography and index.… Evelyn Edson has done a magnificent job of ensuring that the reader will have full access to all that Buondelmonti has to offer, in both text and illustration. For his part, Buondelmonti has been fortunate in having his work examined by such a skilled exponent.”

Please have a look at: http://www.italicapress.com/index487.html

We are happy to announce our first New York-Bristol UK title: A new edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Downfall of the ...
08/29/2018

We are happy to announce our first New York-Bristol UK title: A new edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Downfall of the Famous (De casibus virorum illustrium).

This edition is based on the elegant 1965 translation by Louis Brewer Hall. Hall’s edition was selective, concentrating on classical lives. But Hall did include Boccaccio’s frames: his “visions” of a parade of historical figures passing before him and engaging in lively moral debates; and his direct musings on fame, private and public vice and virtue, and good and bad fortune. In fact, Fortuna emerges as this work’s most important character and theme. Along with contemporaries like Giovanni Villani, Boccaccio saw history and biography as moral arts, underscoring the civic virtues and personal failings of famous men and women, Fortune balancing every success with its inevitable reversal.
Newly typeset and paginated, this volume presents Hall’s complete English translation. It adds numerous historical, biographical, interpretive, and bibliographical notes reflecting a half-century of new Boccaccio scholarship.

Our big news this season is that Italica Press has moved. Our new offices are:Italica Press, Inc.99 Wall Street, Suite 6...
04/10/2018
Italica Press | Contact Information

Our big news this season is that Italica Press has moved. Our new offices are:

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As usual, all submissions, acquisitions, editorial, production, ordering and fulfillment questions should first be directed to [email protected]. All business and editorial desks continue without interruption at this new address.

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Italian Realism meets Feminist Noir in Bologna. Congratulations to Grazia Verasani, Taylor Corse and Juliann Vitullo on ...
12/31/2017

Italian Realism meets Feminist Noir in Bologna.
Congratulations to Grazia Verasani, Taylor Corse and Juliann Vitullo on the publication of "Quo Vadis, Baby?"

http://www.italicapress.com/index488.html

Italica Press is happy to announce the publication of Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Description of the Aegean. Full color, 9...
12/19/2017

Italica Press is happy to announce the publication of Cristoforo Buondelmonti's Description of the Aegean. Full color, 9x11 facsimile edition of Minnesota's Bell Library manuscript, plus Evelyn Edson's Introduction, transcription and English translation. Here's a link to the Italica website: http://www.italicapress.com/index483.html

We are pleased to announce that Italica Press has now joined the JSTOR books program, e-books available through your cam...
08/18/2017

We are pleased to announce that Italica Press has now joined the JSTOR books program, e-books available through your campus and local library's subscription. Many of our complete titles are already up and ready to read, and more will soon be following. "Books at JSTOR offer more than 50,000 e-books from renowned scholarly publishers, integrated with journals and primary sources on JSTOR’s easy-to-use platform." Please have a look at: https://www.jstor.org/publisher/italica

Congratulations to Max A. Wickert on the publication of his translation of Torquato Tasso's Rinaldo.
07/11/2017

Congratulations to Max A. Wickert on the publication of his translation of Torquato Tasso's Rinaldo.

Italica Press's Catalog 55 — Summer 2017 — is now online and ready for download. It features nine new titles for 2017, p...
06/12/2017

Italica Press's Catalog 55 — Summer 2017 — is now online and ready for download. It features nine new titles for 2017, plus all of Italica's backlist, with complete title and ordering information. Please have a look at: http://www.italicapress.com/ItalicaCatalog.pdf

Congratulations to Donald Beecher and Massimo Ciavolella on the publication of their new edition and dual-language trans...
12/22/2016

Congratulations to Donald Beecher and Massimo Ciavolella on the publication of their new edition and dual-language translation of Annibal Caro's The Scruffy Scoundrels!

Italica Press has now added a new imprint. Founded in Brooklyn Heights in 1974, The Pierrepont Street Press began as a h...
12/16/2016

Italica Press has now added a new imprint. Founded in Brooklyn Heights in 1974, The Pierrepont Street Press began as a hot-type press of lino-and wood-cuts, calendars, and other print ephemera. Over the years it’s added note cards and a small number of books.
Please have a look at its first offerings at: http://www.italicapress.com/index333.html

To celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, we announc...
10/06/2016

To celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, we announce a new edition of The Holy Land in the Middle Ages: Six Travelers' Accounts:
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We’re happy to announce that this Spring will see the publication of Threshold  (Sulla soglia), Gianna Manzini’s third n...
03/22/2016

We’re happy to announce that this Spring will see the publication of Threshold (Sulla soglia), Gianna Manzini’s third novel with Italica Press.

http://www.italicapress.com/index303.html

Manzini (1896–1974) is considered one of the most accomplished writers in Italy, praised by important literary critics and writers, and widely known by Italian readers. Her fiction has been compared closely to that of Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann and Paul Valéry.

Manzini’s Threshold was first published in 1973. It still packs an immediacy of emotion and personal subjectivity unique in experimental fiction. This short novel takes an introspective look at a daughter’s relationship to her mother’s last days. We follow the first-person narrator on a trip not quite like others from a train station not quite of this world. Threshold captures the conflicting emotions and the closeness of loved ones through the intimacy of material objects. By highlighting the power of materiality, Manzini develops a storyline that frames her reflections on the relationship between parent and child.

Manzini skillfully constructs a virtual reality through a language that leads her readers to imagine other possibilities. The dreamlike quality of her writing moves the reader across the border of the real to the imagined and back again. The novel’s evocative and slippery use of symbolism self-consciously confuses temporality and the blurry boundaries between space and perspective. Threshold joins Game Plan for a Novel (2008) and Full-Length Portrait (2011), two other novels by this highly original Italian writer published by Italica Press.

“With this astutely presented and translated novella, Threshold, Laura E. Ruberto and Irena Stanic Rasin give readers a rare opportunity to experience Gianna Manzini’s art of storytelling, among Italy’s finest. The first lines sweep us into a suspenseful journey on the verge of life beyond life, amidst sights, sounds, and sensations as traces of meanings for understanding the mysteries of love, disease, the power of memory and writing, and death.”
— Robin Pickering-Iazzi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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