Istoria diplomatica che serve dí introduzione allí arte critica in tal material. Con raccolta deí documenti non ancor divulgati, che rimangono in Papiro Egizio. Appresso per motive nati dallí istessa opera siegue ragionamento sopra glí italic primitive in cui si scuopre lí origine degli Etrusci, e deí Latini. Per appendice lí epistola a Cesario illustrate, e altri monumenti.

MAFFEI, Francesco Scipione

Published by Alberto Turnermani, Mantua, 1727
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4to. pp. xxii, [2], 260 (i.e. 272), [2], 261-338. [Pagination is erratic, repeating 161-172 in numbering]. With 6 plates including a frontispiece depicting the dedicatee, Victor Amedeus II Duke of Savoy; a fold-out illustrating the Roman triumphal arch at Susa (outside of Turin) with a restored inscription; 3 fold-outs reproducing Roman papyri manuscripts; 1 plate depicting Roman coins. An illustration on p. 236 accompanies the text (showing a winged Roman or Etruscan spirit). The title page is printed in red and black and includes an engraved vignette. Text is in Italian with Latin sections. Bound in full contemporary mottled calf showing rubbing, staining and general wear. Hinges and head caps are carefully restored; board corners are repaired. Several gilt panel lines on the spine are renewed (with new gold somewhat brighter than the old). Interior pages are generally crisp and fresh. Occasional scholarly Latin marginalia are written as glosses in a very neat, miniscule old hand (19th cent. or earlier) Ė sometimes easy, at first glance, to confuse with the regular printed glosses. A small marginal tear on p. 93 is neatly sealed. A minor tear near the hinge of the triumphal arch plate is also sealed. Scipione Maffeiís "Istoria diplomatica" is a landmark book in the history of paleography. This work firmly established the unity of the Latin script and disproved Jean Mabillionís earlier theory that Latin upper case, lower case and cursive characters derived from five different early alphabets. Maffeiís book also analyzes the Ravenna papyri, a collection of late Roman administrative documents from the chancery of the Archdiocese of Ravenna dating from the 5th-7th centuries c.e., many of which are here transcribed and published for the first time. Other documents are also mentioned including the famous bronze tablet, "Senatus Consultum", prohibiting the celebration of the Bacchanalia. Another section discusses the origin of the Etruscan and Italic alphabet. [Razzolini, Biblio. dei testi di lingua a stampa, p. 212; Brunet III, 1291; Graesse IV p. 334]. Bookseller Inventory # 000369

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Title: Istoria diplomatica che serve dí ...

Publisher: Alberto Turnermani, Mantua

Publication Date: 1727

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition.

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