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MONTFAUCON, Bernard de (1655--1741)
[Diarium italicum. English. 1725]
The antiquities of Italy. Being the travels of the learned and reverend Bernard de Montfaucon, from Paris through Italy, in the years 1698. and 1699. ... Made English from the Paris edition, of the Latin original. Adorn'd with cuts. The second edition, revis'd throughout; with large improvements, and corrections, communicated by the author to the editor John Henley, M.A.
London: printed by D. L. for J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, F. Fayram, R. Gosling, W. Mears, J. Pemberton, C. Rivington, J. Hooke, F. Clay, J. Batley, and E. Symon, 1725.
[4], xxviii, 331, [1] p. : illus. ; 39.2 cm. (2°)

Montfaucon's diary of his Italian tour in 1698--1700, undertaken while researching his magnum opus L'antiquité expliquée, 1719--24 (q.v.), was first published in Latin as Diarium Italicum, Paris, 1702. This is intended to be an improvement upon the earlier, anonymous translation which was printed in 1711 with the title Diarium Italicum: or, a journey through Italy, in the years 1698, and 1699 (ESTC n65273) and published in the following year with a cancel title reading The travels of the learned Father Montfaucon from Paris thro' Italy (two variants, ESTC n21633 and t110070). John Henley, the translator, is better known as 'Orator Henley' (Orator is inscribed in pencil after his name on the title-page). ESTC t147630; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2180.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s. on 5 Feb. 1808. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on front paste-down with Boone's hieroglyph xbc/ and the price 5s, and in Soane's hand 0/5/0.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, blind-tooled Cambridge style panels, spine ruled in gilt, red morocco spine-label.

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