Giambattista Recanati - Jacques-Philippe d’Orville - 1727-11-28

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Giambattista Recanati - Jacques-Philippe d’Orville - 1727-11-28
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  11753
InstitutionName of Institution. Oxford, Bodleian Library
InventoryInventory number. MS D’Orville 487, f° 66
AuthorAuthor of the document. Giambattista Recanati
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Jacques-Philippe d'Orville
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . November 28, 1727
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Venice 45° 26' 13.88" N, 12° 20' 4.52" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Filippo Paruta, Leonardo Agostini
LiteratureReference to literature. Paruta - Agostini 17231
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  cabinet acquisitions, sicily
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence French
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

-Lettre du 28 novembre 1727 (de Venise): He is relieved that he is safe and has not, like Pliny in his researches into his secrets of nature, closely examined the cause of the eruption of Vesuvius. He rejoices at the thought of O’s. plentiful purchase of medals, MS. and inscriptions. But he cannot understand how such a barbarous country as Sicily could have produced such excellent writers as Theocritus, Diodorus, Moschus or Bion. He rejoices in O’s. purchases of a Terence MS. at Naples. The medals from Sicily will have to be tested by comparison with the last Leyden edition. He is doubtful about the Greek inscription purporting to give a Merchants’ account. He will be glad to comply with O’s. request to let Drakenborch have the collation of his Livy MSS. Of the works of Sannasavius(?) he only has the Italian. The new edition of Fontanus’ (Pontanus?) works has been well received. (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS D’Orville 487, f° 66).


  1. ^  Paruta, filippo and Leonardo Agostini (1723), Sicilia numismatica, nunc primum additis Huberti Goltzii aliorumque Siciliae descriptione, et in numismata simgula explicationibus; ingenti numero tabularum, edita sparsim, Leiden.