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NAPLES, Biblioteca Brancacciana -- Bibliothecae S. Angeli ad Nidum ab Inclyta Brancatorium Famila Constructae, et ab aliis deinceps auctae Catalogus... Naples: Stefano Abbate & Joseph Raymund, 1750.
2o (341 x 228 mm). (Some spotting and light staining along margins.) Contemporary Italian half vellum, hand-colored patterned paper boards, spine gilt-lettered, speckled edges (some wear along edges, rear cover with some light scuffing, small worm hole near head of spine).
CATALOGUE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC LIBRARY IN NAPLES. It was founded by Cardinal Francesco Maria Brancaccio (1592-1675), who left his collection to be housed in the church of Sant'Angelo a Nido in Naples and instructed that the library should be open to scholars. In 1691, a new building for the library was opened adjacent to the church, and the collection now forms part of the Bibliotheca Nazionale di Napoli. The catalogue lists approximately 10,000 works in alphabetical order by author and is alphabetical by title for anonymous works.
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