Joseph de Bimard - Jacques Philippe d'Orville - 1739-3-12

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Joseph de Bimard - Jacques Philippe d'Orville - 1739-3-12
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  1491
InstitutionName of Institution. Oxford, Bodleian Library
InventoryInventory number. MS D’Orville 482 fols. 258-259
AuthorAuthor of the document. Joseph de Bimard
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Jacques Philippe d'Orville
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . March 12, 1739
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Paris 48° 51' 23.80" N, 2° 21' 5.40" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Louis Jobert
LiteratureReference to literature. Jobert - Bimard 17391
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  book
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence French
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Lettre du 12 mars 1739 (de Paris) : He begins with reference to O’s. and his own state of health and congratulates O. on retiring from teaching to a life of private study. He goes into detail about Sulpicius Severus and his suspicions aroused by an inquisitive Italian’s enquiries about a codex that the Italians contemplate a new edition, which would render superfluous the printing of one in Holland. He is especially suspicious of Sallerius who is down on all Dutch and German scholarship and scholars, such as Maffeius and Bucherus. But before enmities break out he will try for O’s. sake to collate Sulpician codices with one of the published ones. He accepts O’s. superior knowledge about Chariton Aphrodisiensis, the erotic writer, and follows with a long historical note on erotic writers, Greek and Latin, and refers also to Boccacio’s Thebaid apropos of whether Greek preceded Latin translation or vice versa [if I comprehend]. He discusses the plans and make up of his Thesaurus of inscriptions, mentioning, e.g., that much will be forthcoming from Italy. He contemplates that Montfaucon’s Bibliotheca will require a supplement and considers material for possible inclusion, suggesting that O. might have observations to contribute. My edition of Jobertus’ Science of Numismatics is to be printed and O. must realise it is a work intended for novices. He will bring for O. a copy of the first volumes of the Royal library catalogue: a beginning has been made with Fourmontius on the ancient Greek inscriptions (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS D’Orville 482 fols. 258-259).


  1. ^  Jobert, Louis (1739), La science des médailles antiques et modernes pour l’instruction des personnes qui s’appliquent à les connaître. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée & augmentée considérablement par l’Auteur avec quelques nouvelles découvertes faites dans cette science, Paris, 2 vol. De Bure.