Kept in the Torre di Rigobello in Ferrara, then at the Palazzo Ducale of Modena and finally at the Palazzo dei Musei, the Estense manuscripts collection is an extraordinary testimony to the cultural and collecting interests of the Dukes and their court. 

Kept in the Torre di Rigobello in Ferrara, then at the Palazzo Ducale of Modena and finally at the Palazzo dei Musei, the Estense manuscripts collection is an extraordinary testimony to the cultural and collecting interests of the Dukes and their court. The subject of much study and fame, this collection is a true monument to the glory of the House of Este. The collections acquired during the period preceding the Unification of Italy through purchases and the Suppression of Monasteries aptly complement the original nucleus of codices in Latin, vernacular Italian, Spanish and French, whilst also serving as an enlightening accompaniment to the splendid selection of illuminated codices that includes the renowned Borso d’Este Bible, Breviary of Ercole I d’Este and De Spahera Codex. Additions made to the collections at the end of the nineteenth century reflect the literary, artistic and scientific interests of an evolving society, from the Ancien Régime through to the contemporary era, with considerable participation from the protagonists of Modenese society (one need only look to the extraordinary Giuseppe Campori Collection currently held in custody). During the twentieth century, memorable additions were made to the collection from the archives of Lodovico Antonio Muratori, Giovan Battista Amici, Arsenio Crespellani, Giulio Bertoni, Angelo Fortunato Formiggini and Antonio Delfini. Amongst the most recent acquisitions are the Falcò Pio di Savoia Collection with its incredibly rare Spanish theatre manuscripts, the Forni Collection loan with its pertinence to local history and the medicine-orientated Giuseppe Franchini Collection. 

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