Angelo Fumagalli - Delle Antichità Longobardico-Milanesi - 1792

Angelo Fumagalli - Delle Antichità Longobardico-Milanesi - 1792
Archaeology, Architecture, History - Quantity: 4 - tipped in plates - Book

Monumental historical work illustrated by large plates folded several times, the most important one by Fumagalli. Alessandro Manzoni studied this work to write “Adelchi”.

It consists of 40 extensive dissertations, conducted on documents of the time, concerning the laws, customs and habits of the Lombards, ancient buildings, the state of trade and agriculture at the time, etc.

A magnificent copy printed on thick paper, very crisp. Predari 148. Cat. Hoepli 693. Cat. Meneghina 1015.
Cicognara: «Opera piena di erudizione e di dottrina». Lozzi 2633

Alessandro Manzoni studied these chronicles to write “Adelchi”: he directly reports on it in the essay entitled - "DISCORSO SOPRA ALCUNI PUNTI DELLA STORIA LONGOBARDICA IN ITALIA".
Manzoni writes: "Que’ lettori ai quali alcune pagine di ricerche storiche non fanno spavento, troveranno nel primo capitolo di questo discorso le ragioni dell’opinione espressa nelle Notizie intorno ad alcuni punti più disputati; e nello stesso tempo, qualche schiarimento, e qualche riflessione su de’ fatti esposti in quel luogo con asciutta brevità".

(«Dissertazioni di vario, ed alcune di nuovo argomento, altre civili ed altre ecclesiastiche, le quali riguardano le antichità dei secoli di mezzo, di cui assai scarse sono le memorie, e queste non di rado o inesatte o false o contraddittorie...Ovunque si farà uso delle regole d'una rigorosa critica...», from the preface).

There are forty dissertations about the middle centuries, written in order to clarify the facts dealt with through the codes of the Cistercian archives especially of Chiaravalle and S. Ambrogio. The topics are the most varied: from the topography and buildings of Milan (with illustrations and plans) to the cultivation of olive trees in Lombardy in the 4th and 10th centuries, from the social structure of the Lombards to the wars of Frederick I (with amendments to the treatise of 1778), from the events of the monastic orders in Milan to the Ambrosian rite , all interspersed with the transcription and illustration of important unpublished documents, of which the oldest is a "carta di mundio".

Angelo Fumagalli (Milan, 1728 – Milan, 1804) was one of the greatest historians and diplomats of the 18th century: he found resources in the rich archives of the Abbey of St. Ambrose in Milan, and on the sovereign rights of the fiefdom of Lombardy.

Beautiful coeval binding, dark half Morocco leather with titles engraved in gold on the spine and marbled panels. Blue sprayed edges, coeval owner’s signature on the title page. In perfect condition. Pp. (4), XII, 364; VIII, 407; (2), XII, 424; XVI, 407;
Work adorned with various headpieces engraved in copper and wood, tailpieces and complete with 6 engraved plates in large format, of which 5 folded several times.

Full title:
Delle Antichità Longobardico-Milanesi,
illustrate con dissertazioni dai monaci della Congregazione Cisterciense di Lombardia. Milano, nell'Imperial Monistero di S. Ambrogio Maggiore, 1792,

Lot details
Number of Books
Archaeology, Architecture, History
Author/ Illustrator
Angelo Fumagalli
Book Title
Delle Antichità Longobardico-Milanesi
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Monastero di S. Ambrogio Maggiore
Binding/ Material
Half leather
tipped in plates
Number of pages
293×242 mm
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