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Diario Di tutte le più memorabili azioni - Battelli, Giovanni Cristoforo - 1703. 
after May 1703].. Early 18th-century manuscript on paper, 273x197 mm. 179 leaves, including seven blanks. complete. Text written by two different Italian hands in brown ink, single column of 25 lines, with contemporary inked pagination. Contemporary vellum on pasteboards. Spine with raised bands, inked title ?Battelli Diario de Terremoti?. At the foot the number ?890? in brown ink; remains of a later paper label. Minor stains to lower cover. Excellent state, light finger-soiling, a few small ink stains and dampstaining. Numerous interlinear and marginal corrections, probably by Battelli himself. Unpublished and unstudied manuscript, a detailed chronicle of 1703 earthquake written by Battelli, secretary of the Apostolic Chancery of Briefs, and personal librarian of Clemens xi. The text is introduced by a long epistle to the readers, and the events are reported from the night of 14 January to 22 May 1703, i.e. the date of the last Pope?s brief transcribed by Battelli. Possibly the manuscript was later reworked with a view of its publication, as could be proved by the fact that on the first leaf Battelli?s previous title of ?Monsignore? has been modified in ?Arcivescovo?: Battelli was made archbishop of Amasea in 1716. Copies of this manuscript are not recorded in the Biblioteca Vaticana, but the title of a Storia di quanto occorse in Roma in occasione del terremoto l?anno 1703 is listed by Filippo Vecchietti among Battelli?s unpublished works (Biblioteca Picena ii, p. 112). A very interesting, and precious source for this historical Roman earthquake, an useful integration to the accounts and data reported by other authors, and first by Luca Antonio Chracas in 1704 (see item 27).
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