Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Treasure"

Ever in search of economical accommodation in Italy, we opted in the Tuscan hilltown of Volterra for the Seminario Vescovile di Sant'Andrea.

We were given a rather Spartan but picturesque room with a window on the garden. Upon opening the bedside drawer we found a "treasure" of autographs from previous tenants...


But that was just a foretaste, because I soon opened a wardrobe to find a trove of ancient manuscripts.


We discovered as we pored through them that they were the bookkeeping records and related correspondence of the monks, dating back to the 18th century.
Not quite equivalent to stumbling on, say, The Voynich Manuscript, but exciting nonetheless.


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9 comments:

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

How absolutely extraordinary! How wonderful! How risky to their future that they have been left there!

magiceye said...

wow! amazing!
thank you Lucy for introducing me to this wonderful blog!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...this would be such a cool find...i like the idea of leaving your signature and how far that might go back...bet the manuscripts were fascinating...

AngelMay said...

Fascinating!

Kris said...

Are you sure these are not examples of the 'Copernicus Code'? (Kind of like a knock-off Da Vinci...)

Betsy said...

Love that second photo with you in it! You did indeed discover some treasures there!

Mrsupole said...

A truly great treasure find. I think if I owned them I would worry they would disappear in someone's suitcase when they left.

I too like the picture with you in it. It is nice to know who we are communicating with.

A nice and special Treasure for this weeks Theme Thursday. Thanks for joining us.

God bless.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Yes, a great hit of a treasure. -J

Morning said...

words of love,

what a timeless treasure.