Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897), born in Basel, was an historian of the Renaissance as a cultural and art-historical age. He is considered one of the discoverers of this age and one of the major progenitors of cultural history. Burckhardtsource contains the critical edition of the letters written to Jacob Burckhardt by ca. 400 writers. At a later stage, the project aims to publish also Burckhardt’s letters. The correspondence spans from 1843 until 1897.

The whole corpus of letters to Burckhardt consists of about 1100 documents. The majority is written in German, while another large part is written in Italian. In addition, there are also some letters in French and English. In September 2015 about 600 documents were available on the website, but more letters are added regularly. Both search and browse options are available.

Letters are shown in both semantic edition (running text with semantic annotations) and philological version (transcription with all the author’s variants and editor’s decision). Next to the philological version the original scan is provided (zoom options are available). For each letter extensive metadata are available, as well as an abstract. Sometimes there are also images that illustrate metadata. These come from external links and may not be contemporaneous to the letters.

Letters are interconnected among the four sections of the platform (images, texts, critical commentary, and metadata). Through ‘Collections’ the sources can be browsed thematically, according to six different themes: social conditions of women in the 2nd half of the 19th century, correspondence between Burckhardt and Bode, music, letters by notable learned men around the world, major European events during the 2nd half of the 19th century, and photography.

Burckhardtsource is developed by the European Research Advanced Grant Project EURROCORR (2010-2015) and coordinated by Prof. Maurizio Ghelardi of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.

Last update

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 2:37am
Your rating: None
No votes yet