CORSINI, PHILIP AND BARTHOLOMEW
Date of Creation:
1567 - 1990
|Scope and Content:|
|Extent:||80 production units|
Location of other copies:
Mainly available on microfilm only. Microfilm copies of the auctioned Corsini documents are also held at the J Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California.
|Former Reference:||MS 21317; MS 21318; MS 21322 - MS 21326; MS 22274 - MS 22277; MS 22280 - MS 22283; MS 24481 - MS 24483|
|Site Location:||London Metropolitan Archives|
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Corsini | Philip | fl 1568-1600 | merchant
Corsini | Bartholomew | fl 1568-1600 | merchant
The records were in the possession of the Corsini family in Florence until 1980s, when the large body of about 3,600 documents relating to the Corsini brothers' England-based business was auctioned by Christie's-Robson Lowe at various sales held in London and Zurich between 1984 and 1988, as follows:
- London, 4 Sep 1984: 'The Corsini Correspondence' Sale I (ref. CLC/B/062/MS21317)
- Zurich, 30 Oct 1984: 'The Corsini Correspondence' Sale II (ref. CLC/B/062/MS21317) and 'The Postal History of Western Europe and the Mediterranean' Sale II (ref. CLC/B/062/MS21322]
- Zurich, 17-18 Apr 1985: 'Postal History 16th-18th centuries, Europe and Middle East' (ref. CLC/B/062/MS21323-21326)
- London, 11 Jun 1986: 'The Corsini Correspondence' (ref. CLC/B/062/MS22274-22276, MS22280, MS22282)
- London, 5 Nov 1986: 'Francesco Venturini Archive' (ref. CLC/B/062/MS22283)
- London, 11 Oct 1988: 'Historical letters to Gratious Street, London, 1570-1601' (ref. CLC/B/062/MS24481-24482)
Before being sold and dispersed, the Corsini collection was fortunately photocopied and microfilmed with financial assistance from the JP Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, and deposited at Guildhall Library (now at LMA) together with the sale catalogues (ref. CLC/B/047).
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|Access Restrictions:||These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018|
The collection has been divided into groups reflecting the six Christie's-Robson Lowe sales at which they were sold. Within these groups, photocopies of documents are arranged in the chronological order of receipt, whereas microfilms (except MS21323-6) are arranged in the lot number order, i.e. alphabetically by country and town from which the letters were sent. The two original documents have been listed in a separate section.
Christie's-Robson Lowe sales catalogues of the Corsini auctions (ref. CLC/B/047) are crucial for the study of the Corsini collection. They provide much detail about the political background, the Corsini family, and about individual letters and their senders and recipients - including translations of crucial excerpts into English.
The original items are now in private and other repository collections, except for the two items deposited in this collection (ref. CLC/B/062/MS22280A and CLC/B/062/MS22281).
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) holds on display: original insurance policy 29 October 1582 covering a cargo of lead from London to Leghorn (correct as of September 2019).
The Postal Museum purchased lots in the Robson Lowe sale as accession 308. Among them is an original letter to Bartholomew Corsini, 1583 (PH 34/14b) and further items in album PH 34 and some in PH 174. As of July 2017 these items have not been catalogued: please contact Postal Museum for further information.
Folger Shakespeare Library holds some letters (MS Add 941, 942).
Records relating to the Corsini brothers' Florence-based business are still in the possession of the Corsini family and are held at L'Archivio dei Principi Corsini in Florence.
LMA accession reference B17/079 comprises Mike Scott Archer’s research papers as joint author with Philip Beale and Adrian Almond of 'The Corsini Letters' (Stroud: Amberley Publishing 2011): access by appointment only
"The Corsini Letters" by Philip Beale, Adrian Almond and Mike Scott Archer (Stroud: Amberley, 2011) is a comprehensive study of the collection and essential background reading.
|Language Notes:||Nearly half of the of correspondence is in Italian, and a quarter each in English and French. There are also occasional letters written in Spanish, German, Dutch, Flemish, Portuguese and Latin|