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BENTIVOGLIO, Guido (1577--1644)
[Raccolta di lettere. English & Italian. 1771]
A collection of letters wrítten by Cárdinal Bentivóglio to dívers pérsons of e‘minence, dúring his núnciature in Fra'nce and Flánders.
Leghorn sold by Thomas Masi & Co., with approbation, 1721 [i.e. 1771].
2 vols ; 15.2 cm. (8º)
I: xxv, [3], 243, [1] p.
II: xi, [4], 4--199, [1] p.

The imprint date in vol. I is misprinted 'MDCCXXI'. Additional facing title-page title in Italian: Raccolta di léttere scritte dal Cardinal Bentivòglio in tempo delle sue nunziatùre di Frància, e di Fiandra a divèrsi personàggi. Title of volume II reads: Létters of Cardinál Bentivóglio written during his núntiature in France to the Duke of Monteleòne in Spain. Wolume [sic] II. Parallel texts in Italian and English on facing pages; the odd Italianising diacritical marks of the title-pages, given as a pronunciation aid, are reflected in the transcription above and throughout the text in both languages. The writings and letters of Guido Bentivoglio, Italian churchman and historian, give precise accounts of his diplomatic activities and of affairs in the countries he visited, especially France and Flanders, where he was sent as nuncio by Pope Paul V. The letters, first published in Italian in 1631, were first printed in England in 1727, and the English translation in 1753; the first edition with parallel texts appeared in 1764. They were commonly used as a school text, both in Italy and in teaching Italian abroad. ESTC t69558.

Copy Notes The text-blocks have been cropped (probably when the volumes were rebound in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century), but a damaged inscription on the title-page to volume I is inscribed in ink Naples Jany 1779 - Fras A[-?], the remainder of the name being cropped by the binder; the title-page to vol. II is similarly inscribed Napoli Jany 1779 - Fras A[n-?], the reminder likewise cropped. The identity of this former owner has not been established; although Soane was in Naples in late 1778/early 1779, there is no record of his having met anyone in Italy whose name corresponds to the inscriptions, nor can a possible match be identified in Ingamells (A dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy 1701--1800, 1997).

Binding Late C18th or early C19th tree sheep, gilt-ruled spines, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1351


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