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It goes without saying that the 191-page text of Andrew of Padua, the Improvisatore has never been reprinted.
So hateful did The Improvisatore become to him that, as Kelsall reports, 'he carried the war of extermination into the bookshelves of his acquaintance; where, as he chuckled to record, it was his wont to leave, intact in its externals, (some gay binding perhaps of his own selection,) but thoroughly eviscerated, every copy on which he could lay his hands' ('Memoir', p.
The use of "improvisatori" (from Italian improvisatore, an entertainer who improvises verse) (4) for courtly entertainment during their isolation suggests that the setting of this tale is Italy or a nearby European country.