Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - To the Reader - p. A4r.

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Date:1599

Description:A Shakespeare contemporary travels to Venice.

Sussex born lawyer, Sir Lewis Lewkenor (c. 1556-1626) was remotely related to the Combe family of Stratford-upon-Avon, which might, perhaps, have resulted in an acquaintance between the translator and Shakespeare. Even if Shakespeare never travelled to Italy other members of Queen Elizabeth’s court did do so. Leading courtier, Sir John Harington, translator of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, wrote this commendatory poem for Lewkenor’s book on Venetian government and law.

Full title: Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice. Written by the Cardinal Gaspar Contareno and translated out of Italian into English by Lewes Lewkenor, With sundry other collections, annexed by the translator, With a short chronicle of the lives and raignes of the Venetian dukes. London, Imprinted by John Windet for Edmund Mattes, 1599.


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Donor ref:SR 87.9 Venice [19,575] (32/10579)

Source: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Library

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