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Orazio Lombardelli. Treatise on the Tuscan language

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Orazio Lombardelli. Treatise on the Tuscan language
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. iv + 81.
Leather binding, brown (rebacked), blind-tooled. Bookplate of Dr Thomas Morell, FRS, FSA (d. 1784), fol. iv.
Scope and content
"De' Fonti della Lingua Toscana Ragionamento d'Orazio Lombardelli senese, Tranquillo Vmoroso" (fol. 2). A treatise on the Tuscan (Italian) language addressed to Sir Henry Wotton and written for him when he was in Italy; dated at the end (fol. 80v), Purification of the BVM (2 February), 1592. Italian.

Autograph letter (fol. 1v) of Sir Henry Wotton, 19 Apr. 1597, presenting the MS to his friend, Sir Maurice Barkley (MP for Somerset, 1597-1614), and saying that the book had been written for him in Sienna and left in the hands of a gentleman of Naples in Geneva, from whom he had that morning received it.

The treatise, published as I Fonti Toscani (1598), is a detailed survey of the sources of the Tuscan language with many references to ancient and modern writers. Wotton's name occurs as addressee throughout. The final salutation includes a reference to 'nostro Signor Ruberto Titi'.

The present MS is probably the unlocated document cited in Logan Pearsall Smith, "Life and Letters of Sir Henry Wotton" (1907), I, 22, n. 3. (Inf. Professor Steven May).
Berkeley, Maurice (c 1577-1617), Knight, member of parliament
Lombardelli, Orazio (c 1542-1608), Sienese scholar and writer
Wotton, Henry (1568-1639), Knight, diplomat and writer
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