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IL LIBRO DEL CHIODO  THE BOOK OF THE NAIL

IL LIBRO DELL'ESILIO THE BOOK OF EXILE




   Florence's Banner of Justice, English Cemetery



Enrico Giannini (the Giannini family have been bookbinders in Florence for five generations) and Daniel-Claudiu Dumitrescu (whose grandfather was the top coppersmith in his part of Romania) together created the facsimile of the cover of the infamous Book of the Nail, the Libro del Chiodo, now in the Florentine State Archives, in which Dante is, three times, condemned to exile or to be burned at the stake if he returns to Florence. This binding contains the facsimile edition edited by Francesca Klein of the Florentine State Archives, published by the Edizioni Polistampa in 2004. It is on display in the Museo Casa di Dante, while another copy is in the English Cemetery and will be given to the Società Dantesca Italiana.

Facsimile of the cover. The nail is fixed to the back of the cover.














Front cover



Page 4  1302 'Dante Alleghieri de sextu Sancti Petri Maioris' is condemned to two years' of exile, for the crime of barratry ('super baracteriis, iniquis extorsionibus et lucris illicitis').








Pagina 15  'Dante Allighierii'



Page 147  'De sextu Porte Sancti Petri  Dante Alleghierij'







                        Enrico Giannini                                        Libro del Chiodo                                  Daniel-Claudiu Dumitrescu    

showing the UNESCO brochure for the
40th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Monuments.                                                                       

The Libro del Chiodo (Book of the Nail), Francesca Klein observes, was kept in the Bargello, the city's prison and the seat of the Podestà and the Council of Justice of Florence. In 1302 the Podestà Cante de' Gabrielli di Gubbio condemned Dante to exile.





Augustus Hare, Firenze



Giotto, Magdalen Chapel: Dante among the saved at the Last Judgment,1322. Dante had died in exile in Ravenna in 1321. The figures to his right are Corso Donati, Francesco's patron, Brunetto Latino (Guido Cavalcanti, Dante Alighieri and Francesco da Barberino's teacher), one other, and Bishop Antonio dell'Orso, whose tomb Francesco da Barberino commissioned of Tino da Camino and which is in the Duomo. Francesco da Barberino, who was involved with frescoes on Justice in Treviso (where he was notaio to Corso Donati as podestà), Padua and Siena, is shown kneeling, living, in front of these figures. Those condemned to death would spend the night before in prayer in this Magdalen Chapel. The Libro del Chiodo was formerly kept in the Bargello.


Archivio di Stato di Firenze. Il Libro del Chiodo. A cura di Francesca Klein. Firenze: Edizioni Polistampa, 2004.
Robert Davidson. Storia di Firenze. Firenze: Sansoni, 1960.
Janis Elliott. "The Judgement of the Commune: The Frescoes of the Magdalen Chapel in Florence," Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (61 Bd, H. 4, 1998): 509–519.

I Giannini e l'arte del libro a Firenze, 1856-1980. Firenze: Giulio Giannini e Figlio editori, 1856.


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