1. autograph letter signed, to Piero Vettori at San Casciano, 1p., address panel on verso, undated
2. scribal letter signed, to Piero Vettori in Florence, 2pp., address panel on blank verso of conjoint sheet, Pisa, 18 January 1557
3. autograph letter signed, to Piero Vettori at San Casciano, 2pp., address panel (in a scribal hand) on blank verso of conjoint sheet, Tuesday before Ognissanti [1 November] 1535
At the end is bound a letter signed by Pier Luigi Farnese:
scribal letter (in a fine humanist hand), signed, to the Cardinal of Ravenna [Benedetto Accolti], 1p., panel on blank verso of conjoint sheet, undated
Benedetto Varchi (1502-1565) was a Florentine humanist and historian; his history of Florence, written at the request of Cosimo I, covered the years 1528-1536 but it was not published until 1721 as its contents were unpalatable at the time. These letters are addressed to the humanist scholar Piero Vettori (1499-1585), whose dislike of the Medici led him to spend the early 1530s in his villa outside Florence at San Casciano.
Pier Luigi Farnese (1503-1547) was the illegitimate son of Alessandro Farnese, who became Pope Paul III in 1534. He was a successful mercenary, being made Captain General of the Church, and was made the first duke of Parma in 1545, but was assassinated two years later.
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