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MONTFAUCON, Bernard de and John HENLEY [editor and translator].
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 … The Second Edition, Revis'd throughout; with large Improvements, and Corrections, comminicated by the Author to the Editor John Henley.
London: Darby, Bettesworth, etc., 1725. Large folio (45 x 27.5 cm). Early 20th-century full calf with raised bands and gilt-spamped lettering-piece, part of the original material of the front cover preserved, covers with gilt-ruled double fillets; pp. xxviii, 331 [recte 333], a few engravings and woodcuts in the text; half-title brittle and frayed, occasional spotting and marginal traces of humidity; a good presentation copy, inscribed by the editor to the Earl of Wilmingon on the verso of half-title, therefore bound without four-page dedication to the Earl of Macclesfied. Translation of the author's Diarium italicum, which was originally published at Paris, 1702. This translation was published originally (1712) under title: The travels of ... Father Montfaucon from Paris thro' Italy. This is Montfaucon’s diary of his antiquarian travels through Italy, in order to consult certain Greek manuscripts for his upcoming edition of John Chrysostom’s homilies. In it, he describes “the delights of Italy” (both Roman and Greek), its ancient ruins, statuary, paintings, libraries, monasteries, churches and palace, from Milan and Venice to Florence, Naples, and Rome, where in addition to the classical sites, he also explored some mediaeval remains. Montfaucon was an outstanding and celebrated Grecist and Greek palaeographer of the late humanist period (see PMM175). Henley, a hack worker and preacher had been introduced 'into the murkier world of Robert Walpole's secret service, a huge body of spies and informers willing to supply the prime minister with information to aid the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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