Despatches of Francesco Morosini, Archivio di Stato
Fourteen volumes of despatches are bound in the distinctive soft parchment and board covers with ties which was used for the Republic's archival documents.
It is thought that the Morosini volumes were badly damaged by rainwater at some point in the 19th century. They are as a consequence particularly fragile and stained and in danger of falling apart.
To mark the 400th anniversary of the great Venetian commander's birth, Venice in Peril together with the Austrian Committee (Venedig lebt) and the Swiss Committee (Fondazione Svizzera Pro Venezia) are partnering to safeguard the future of these key documents for Venetian history.
Conservation will include cleaning treatments and deacidifcation as well as re-ordering and resewing and binding where necessary. Conservation storage will be provided as part of the project.
The cost is £25,000. Venice in Peril is contributing £10,000.
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