Commedia dell'arte Collection
(approved November 13, 2012)

Scope |  Size |  Marking |  Classification |  Subjects


The Commedia dell’arte collection consists of mostly Italian comedies related to the development of the style of comedy known as Commedia ell’arte characterized by masked stock characters and improvisation based on plot sketches.


The size boundaries are:
up to 25 cm. high
up to 23 cm. wide
between 26 and 37 cm. high
over 23 and up to 31 cm. wide
over 37 cm. high
over 31 cm. wide


The following guidelines are used when marking volumes for the Commedia dell’arte Collection.
  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner.
  2. Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when there is no Yale bookplate. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  3. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.
NOTE: Do not mark call number on original wrappers.


Commedia dell’arte is classed as a name collection and uses a sequential number.
Octavo ‡b beingen ‡h Commedia dell’arte ‡i 8
Quarto ‡b beingen ‡h Commedia dell’arte ‡i +3
Folio ‡b beingen ‡h Commedia dell’arte ‡i Folio 2

Special notes, subjects and tracings

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