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Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (Cambridge, MA 02142)
Alan M. Stahl (Project Director: September 2002 to November 2006)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2003 – 6/30/2006

The Venetian Notebook of Michael of Rhodes: The World View of a 15th-Century Mariner

The transcription, translation, and scholarly interpretation of a manuscript notebook of the 15th-century merchant mariner Michael of Rhodes. (24 months)

This application requests support for the preparation of a scholarly edition of the 15th century Venetian holograph notebook of Michael of Rhodes. This unique and never published manuscript has been recognized as a foundational document in the history of naval architecture, navigation and commercial mathematics. It has been held in private hands, unavailable to scholars since the 16th century. The Dibner Institute has secured exclusive rights to publish this long lost manuscript which promises to shed light on the history of urbanism, early merchant commerce, capitalism and sea-faring, while providing a crucial chapter in the early history of science and technology in Venice, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin.