Zorzi Trombetta da Modon, Trombetta manuscript (1441-49)

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The Trombetta manuscript was written in a Venetian dialect, dated to 1441-1449, and signed by a Zorzi Trombetta from Modon in 1444. It is now in the British Museum, Cottonian manuscripts, volume Titus A.26.

Bound in a small volume with several other manuscripts, it covers several matters: music (folios 2-8), a table of contents (8v), the virtues of rosemary (9-11v), sails and rigging (12-16); astronomy (16v-19v), a letter to the pope (20-23), accounts (23v-25v and 26v), shipbuilding (27v-28v), engineering (29v-36), and again shipbuilding, sail-making and arithmetic (37-60v). 1


1. Filipe Castro 2002, ShipLab Website Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University

Further Reading

The Timbotta manuscript is available through:

Alertz, Ulrich, "The Naval Architecture and Oar Systems of Medieval and Later Galleys," in Gradiner, Robert, ed., The Age of the Galley, London: Conway Maritime Press, 1995.

Anderson, R.C., "Italian Naval Architecture about 1445," Mariner's Mirror (1925), 11:135-163.

McManamon, John, "The "Archaeology" of Fifteenth-Century Manuscripts on Shipbuilding," INA Quarterly (2001) 28.4: 17-26.

Reith, Eric, "Les illustrations d'un livre de recettes techniques d'archicteture navale du millieu du XVe siecle: le Libro de Zorzi Trombetta de Modon," in Pour une histoire du fait maritime. Sources et champ de recherche. Paris, 2001: 81-104.

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