The Manuscripts of the Earl of Ashburnham

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J.B. Lippincott, 1884 - Manuscripts - 32 pages

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Page 28 - ... Earl of Ashburnham in 1880 that whenever he might offer his collections for sale by auction the French government would reserve the right to attach any such as might have come from a national depository the moment they entered the country. "French dealers and amateurs will be warned," wrote Delisle, "that the collections of Libri and Barrois are full of manuscripts of suspected origin to which the French government is determined to make known its right of property the day when these manuscripts...
Page 8 - Perrata, does not contain any note to that effect, but snob, is my impression. This, however, is of little consequence, for Libri states the fact in his catalogue, and other MSS. from his collection contain what I have long suspected and what you state to be fraudulent attempts to conceal the true unde derivantur of property that has been lost or stolen.
Page 28 - ... government is determined to make known its right of property the day when these manuscripts enter France. This consideration will cast a chill over even the English dealers and amateurs; they will know, in fact, that neither they nor their heirs can ever dream of selling in France, even privately, manuscripts procured from thefts that no limitation can cover. Public institutions themselves will be exceedingly reserved. They will hesitate to collect monuments, excellent in themselves, but to which...
Page 5 - ... to the British Museum. Transactions were originally opened in January, 1846, but they were conducted with such secrecy that the name of the vendor was not known to the board of trustees. In a report submitted to the board on April 25, 1846, it was announced that the owner was a professor at Paris, a member of the Institute, a native of Florence, and author of a history of the mathematical sciences in Italy — which was paramount to naming Libri.
Page 1 - The manuscripts of the Earl of Ashburnham. Report to the Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts by Leopold Delisle.
Page 8 - ... defeated the Illinois, it cost us 1,000 dollars to reconcile these two nations, which I did not accomplish without great trouble. In the autumn I embarked for Missilimakinac, in order to obtain news of M. de la Salle. I heard there that Monseigneur de Denonville had succeeded M. de la Barre ; and by a letter which he did me the honor to write to me, he expressed his wish to see me, that we might take measures for a war against the Iroquois, and informed me that M. de la Salle was engaged in seeking...
Page 13 - ... stolen from French libraries and falsified, and asked them to take into consideration the very natural desire of the French people to regain possession of monuments precious for their history and for their literature. Delisle showed how the fourteen most ancient manuscripts of the Libri collection were thefts committed during the year 1842 at Lyons, Tours, Troyes and Orleans. The British treasury did not grant the necessary funds for the purchase of the Ashburnham manuscripts in a lump and so...

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