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165v to 164v (SM volume 162)


165v to 164v (SM volume 162)


165r (blank)English translation beginning: In the time that I was preparing me / to depart from Madrid with Scipio / to return into the Asturias, Paul 5 / a sunse (assunse) - raised to the Cardinalship ... and ending he did offer me the ^ very post of DaA. (? Don Rodrigo) / d'Caldarone I would refused (sic) it. (Stephen Parkin has identified this passage as from 'The Adventures of Gil Blas', book 10, chapter 1. Soane's library has volumes III and IV of a four-volume Gil Blas di Santillano: storia piacevole del Sig. Le Sage (1774) with translation notes in Soane's hand. Those of volume IV relate to 165v-164v. (There is a feint pencil ? street plan on the front free-endpaper of volume III presumably added by Soane while in Italy.) The British Library has volumes I-II (not III-IV) of the same edition of Gil Blas - with annotations. However, these are not in Soane's hand.



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