Casa di Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni's house

Theatre Studies Library

Catalogue and collections

Catalogue. The cataloguing of the collection facilitates consultation by organising the material according to different areas and according to date of acquisition. General and specialised catalogues are available in the entrance hall, together with the index of manuscript works (this index can be consulted one volume at a time).

Collections. Comprising some 30,000 works, both books and opuscules, the Library covers all sectors of theatre studies. The most sizeable section is that relating to Goldoni, with numerous 18th, 19th, and 20th century editions and a large number of translations (30 different languages). There is also a near complete collection of the most important critical studies of Goldoni’s work published since the 18th century, as well as documentation regarding the most significant productions both in Italy and abroad. The periodicals sections covers 130 titles (50 of them still in publication). Amongst those no longer issued are a large number of now rare periodicals that date from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. The documentary material relating to theatrical productions in general comprises more than 500 posters and hundreds of scripts; the autograph collections cover mainly theatre within the Veneto. One particularly significant section covers musical libretti, over the period 1637 to the end of the 18th century. All of this material comes from Venetian theatres. There are also around 200 books published in the 16th and 17th centuries. Often very rare, these are particularly important for the study of the history of theatre in both the Veneto and beyond.