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Lucrezia Zaina Books

Nearly 200 early printed books in Italian, French, Latin and English, and 125 English books on the 1890s, the personal library of Lucrezia Zaina.

Lucrezia Zaina​Lucrezia (Lexie) Zaina (1921-2008), Head of Italian from 1964 to 1988, studied French and Italian at the University of Liverpool from 1939-1947. She subsequently worked in those departments from 1948 until her retirement in 1988. She died on 7th December 2008, and bequeathed her valuable collection to the University.

She also left a generous bequest for an annual lecture in Italian Studies entitled the Lucrezia Zaina Lecture, intended to promote Italian Studies in Liverpool, and to pass on her knowledge and love of Italy to others. The inaugural lecture is available online.

Zaina books highlights

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Overview of the Zaina books

Read a fuller account of the collection by its cataloguer.