London: J. Darby, A. Bettesworthm F. Fayram, R. Gosling, W. Means, J. Pemberton, C. Rivington, J. Hooke, F. Clay, J. Batley, and E. Symon, 1725. Hardcover. Edited by John Henley. Folio. Full speckled 18th century calf with raised bands and gilt lettering and spine decorations. xxviii, 333pp (misnumbered 331). Title page in black and terra cotta, small engravings throughout. Good plus. Though internally bright and near fine, the binding shows mild edgewear and most importantly the front hinge is cracked though still holding fast. Item #46427
Fairly attractive and internally quite lovely second edition. The renowned scholar toured widely throughout Italy in search of medieval manuscripts, and here describes ancient ruins, palaces, monasteries, art, libraries and more, which he published in Latin in Paris in 1702 as "Diarium italicum." Front pastedown bears large armorial bookplate of "Plummer of Middlestead," likely the Scottish physician and chemist Andrew Plummer (1697-1756); pastedown also bears small shelf locator label of Sunderland Hall, Plummer's family castle in Selkirkshire, southern Scotland. Montfaucon (1655-1741) was a French Benedictine monk and is considered the father of palaeography and co-founder of what we now consider archaeology. John Henley (1692-1756), nicknamed "Orator Henley," was an eccentric English cleric and translator.