The John M. Yoklavich Collection consists of 33 leaves containing Italian poetry, mathematical problems, recipes, and cures, dating from the middle of the 18th century to the first quarter of the 20th century arranged in nine folders in one box. The collection includes one long sonnet sequence of 22 leaves, dealing in part with the Marche region of Italy, with some anti-clerical overtones. Also among the material is a verse letter addressed to Salvatore Vanni from ex-Canon Celli asking for financial assistance. Perhaps the most interesting items are the two recipes for the making of vermouth and aqua vitae. There are two printed items, both written during the fascist period, one entitled 'Il Modernismo,' being a clever attack by Canon Fabriano upon the various religious fads of the time. Extent: .25 linear feet Number of Boxes: 1 Span Dates: 1772 - c.1936
Abbreviations AMs...........................Autograph Manuscript ALs...........................Autograph Letter TMs...........................Typed Manuscript
Begins 01/01/1820 No date found in GAMMS
3 AMs sheets containing 3 recipes written in different hands. The first recipe, "Ricetta per fare l'Elisir Vite," is a recipe for an "elixir of life" containing aqua vitae, a strong Swedish alcohol, and is possibly written in the same hand as the item in Folder 2. The second, "Ricetta Per comporre il Vino aromatico Wermut," is a recipe for vermouth. The third is unlabeled and is a satirical recipe for a pizza.
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From the Collection:
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)