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was auctioned on: 22 September 2016
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Autograph Letter signed to "His Most Serene Highness", 1p. with conjugate blank, in Italian, folio, Padua, 1623, showing his satisfaction in knowing that his books had been accepted in the Royal Library, probably referring to the library of the King ...

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Estimate: £400 - £600
ca. US$526 - US$789
Price realised:  n. a.
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Italian humanist.- Beni (Paolo, humanist scholar, literary critic, theologian and linguist, 1552/3-1625) Autograph Letter signed to "His Most Serene Highness", 1p. with conjugate blank, in Italian, folio, Padua, 28th May 1623, firstly reporting about a Signor Collo and secondly showing his satisfaction in knowing that his books ("I miei libri") had been accepted in the Royal Library ("Regia biblioteca"), probably referring to the library of the King of Naples, and moreover, that four more volumes of his works were expected to be issued by September/October of that year, folds, browned. ⁂ In the last years of his life Beni had been working on a new very large edition of his works, titled Benianae Lucubrationes. The volumes appeared in Venice between 1622 and 1624 at Guerilio's press (cf. P.B. Diffley, Paolo Beni. A Biographical and Critical Study, Oxford, 1988). Paolo Beni taught philosophy at Perugia, 1590-93 and Rome, 1594-99, before being appointed as professor of humanities at the University of Padua in 1600. Beni entered the Jesuit Order and left it in 1596, probably for theological reasons. His career also involved him in several literary controversies over Guarini, Tasso and Crusca. He retired in 1623 and died on 12 February 1625.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Forum Auctions
Title: Fine Books and Works on Paper
Date of the auction: 22 Sep 2016
Address: Forum Auctions
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