Scaleter — seller of bussolai and ciambelle — Zompini — Arti #17

Gaetano Zompini - Arti che vanno per via - plate 17 - Scaleter - seller of bussolai and ciambelle

Scaleter — plate 17

The Arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia (1753, 1770, 1785, etc.), by Gaetano Zompini (1700–1778), contains sixty engravings of common, mostly poor people, peddling their trades on the streets of Venice in the mid-1700s.


Privilegio concesso alla Nazion
Xe dei Grisoni el vender buzzolai,
E aver botteghe in qual se sia canton.


Privilege conceded by the nation
Is of the Grisoni to sell bussolai
And to have shop on any corner whatsoever.


A scaletér is a donut vendor — donuts in the sense of round cookies with a hole in the middle.

The Grisoni was a noble family of Venice.

The buzzolai or bussolai are the cookies that one can still buy, which originated from the island of Burano in the northern lagoon.

See Boerio (1829), entries BUZZOLA and SCALETÈR.

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Boerio, Giuseppe. Dizionario del dialetto veneziano. Venezia : coi tipi di Andrea Santini e figlio, 1829.

Zompini, Gaetano. Le arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia inventate ed incise da Gaetano Zompini, Aggiuntavi una memoria di detto autore. Venezia, 1785.

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