Hi! Nuccia, JamesBianco and Cathy,
I wish I could tell all of you when the book will be available. I have been working on this project for 4 years, and it seems that I will need close to 2 more to complete all collection of primary data from various archives.
Recently I have asked LivioMoreno to make a phone call, in Rome, to find out if an Archive-Library is finally open.He kindly did it, but NO!
I have consulted many published works, but for a scholarly publication it is essential to research original primary sources which are available for consultation with special "tessere", which I do have, for various archives, the Vatican, etc.etc.
My long experience in Italy has been that when the Sapienza-Archivio di Stato is open, the Hertziana is closed, etc. etc. And the same goes in Bologna, Naples, Firenze.
In addition for all visual material: maps , charts, drawings, paintings, photos etc. I need to apply, and receive, permission to use = and to reproduce. This, besides the time involved I have also to bear the costs.
Some grants cover those expenses ?sometimes, otherwise it is up to the author. Please, add that to travel etc. Only one trip ? No!
I plan this book to be published, limited edition, in 2 volumes: text and illus. My conservative estimate is of 350 to 450 Euros min. for both .Until a few years ago several banks , "Istituti di risparmio" and others in Italy were willing to cover the publishing costs of said works. With the current economic situation in Europe it seems very unlikely that funds will be available.
I have in my library sources published in Venice and Amsterdam around
the end of 1500's, and in addition a genealogical tree prepared by generations of ancestors , well documented, and with all the xxx comments! - "Donna bella, ma de cattiva indole" and there it goes!
Generally I work on more than one project at the time - to protect my sanity! One, in UK took me close to 6 years, going there every summer for 3 months at the time. Just now, by chance, I met an old lady -92 young- with a fantastic collection of letters from 1800's notables, which she kindly made available to me - but there is a lot of research to be done before publishing.
It is much easier to work in UK. If you know what you want to do. The worst = Toronto- sorry!
I like so many people at Italgen. Elizabeth and others, However I have no patience with people "Shooting from the hip".
If I can get my $ together I plan to be in Italy soon, and in Calabria for sure.
MY DREAM- to see the "FULGURANTE" ! JamesBianco - have you seen it?
Well, I guess I have bored you all for now!
Abbracci to all! Sophia