Francis Campbell Macauley scrapbook on Dante Alighieri
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This scrapbook of 19th century material related to Dante was likely compiled by Francis Campbell Macauley. Macauley, an archaeologist and student of Romance languages, was born in Philadelphia in 1844. According to a paper given at the Pennsylvania Library Club in 1901, he helped to found the Department of American Ethnology at the Penn Museum and assisted Dr. William Pepper in founding the University's Archaeological Association. As a student of Romance languages, he spent many years in Italy, where he died in 1896. Macauley collected a large number of editions of Dante's works and other material related to Dante, 2500 volumes of which he bequeathed to the University Library. The subject matter of the scrapbook, a small Italian news article about Macauley in the front of the volume, and Macauley's name written on several of the items lead to the conclusion that it was he who compiled the scrapbook (none of the articles is dated for after his death).
The scrapbook contains a variety of printed items related to Dante. Most of the 116 items are newspaper or journal articles; for a list of publications represented see the Scope and Contents note below. Article topics range from critical readings of lines of the Divine Comedy and reviews of new editions, translations and commentaries on Dante's works to news reports on the Dante Festival held in Florence in 1864. These articles come from as many as 38 different periodicals. Also included in the scrapbook are several portraits of Dante, other printed ephemera such a letter from the Dante Society of Cambridge, MA and an appeal in five languages for contributions toward the erection of a Dante Masoleum in Ravenna, and excerpts from several books, including Vassallo-Paleologo's Concordance to the Divine Comedy. For many of the articles, Macauley either recorded the name and date of the publication or clipped the newspaper's masthead and included it with the article. Unfortunately, some of the items in the scrapbook cannot be confidently attributed; where this is the case, a note appears in the finding aid.
Articles in the scrapbook date from between 1820 and 1895 but appear out of chronological order. The plate inside the front cover of the scrapbook—a "Patent Guardless Scrapbook"—states that its style was patented in March, 1892, dating the scrapbook itself to after that date. Macauley must have collected the items over the course of his life and pasted them into the scrapbook all at the same time, or perhaps a friend of his found the clippings after his death and pasted them into a scrapbook to keep them together.
Items in the scrapbook come from the following sources.
Periodicals: N.B. The only information readily available on some of these publications comes from items in the scrapbook. Therefore some periodicals on the list below have fuller records than others.
L'Abbreviatore ossia appendice critica a tutti i giornali e altri fogli di novità librarie. Bologna, 1820-?
The Academy: a monthly record [sometimes "a weekly review"] of literature, science and art. London? 1869-1902. (Merged with Literature. Then: Academy and 'Literature.' Then: Plain English. Then absorbed into English Review)
L'Agone: Rivista di Letteratura Teatri ed Arte. Palermo, n.d.
The Athenæum. London, 1828-1921
La Biblioteca delle Scuole Italiane. Torino, 1889-?
Bolletino Librario. Venice, n.d.
The Boston Herald. Boston, 1846-present
La Civiltà Cattolica. Naples and Rome, 1850-?
Il Corriere Apuano. Pontremoli? n.d.
The Daily Graphic: An Illustrated Evening Newspaper. New York, 1873-1889
Fanfulla della Domenica. Rome, 1879-1919
The Florence Gazette. Florence, 1890-1915
Gazzetta del Popolo: Letteraria-Artistica-Scientifica-Illustrata. Torino, 1848-1945
Gazzetta Letteraria. Torino, 1877-1883. According to a few items in the scrapbook, this journal was also published in Milan.
Gazzetta di Venezia. Venice, 1848-1850. (Previous title: Gazzetta privilegiata di Venezia. Succeeding title: Gazzetta ufficiale di Venezia)
Die Gegenwart: Wochenschrift für Literatur, Kunst und öffentliches Leben. Berlin, 1872-1931
Il Giornale Illustrato. Torino and Florence, 1864-?
Giornale Dantesco. Verona, Venice, Florence, 1894-1943
La gioventù giornale di letteratura e d'istruzione (Title given by Macauley. Possibly La Gioventù: Ragguagli d'educazione e d'istruzione. Florence, 1862-1871)
L'Illustration. Paris, 1843-1944
Lippincott's Magazine. Philadelphia, 1868-1915. Became McBride's Magazine in 1915, merged with Scribner's Magazine in 1916.
The Literary World. New York, 1847-1853
The Nation. New York, 1865-present
Nuova Giornale dei letterati. Pisa, 1822-1839. (Previous title: Giornale scientifico e letterario dell'Accademia di Scienze Lettere ed Arti. Succeeding title: Giornale toscano di scienze mediche fisiche e naturali)
Nuova Giornale di Storia Moderna Patriottica. Venice? n.d.
Nuove pubblicazioni Dantesche. Milan, n.d.
L'Occhialetto: Rivista artistica, letteraria, mondana. Naples, n.d.
Il Ravennante. Ravenna, n.d.
Ricordi Filologici e Letterari. Pistoia, 1847-?
Rivista Bibliografica Italiana. Florence, 1886-1919
Rivista Didascalia: Organo della R. Società Didascalia Italiana. Rome, 1887-1888. (previous title: L'Annotation)
Rivista italiana di Filosofia. Florence, Rome, Pavia, 1886-1898
Rivista Nazionale? (There have been many publications with this title in modern Italian printing; it is difficult to determine which of these publications is actually represented in the scrapbook)
La Rivista Popolare: Politica economica, scientifica, letteraria, artistica. Rome, 1893-1896
Rivista Universale. Genova, 1867-1878. (Previous title: Annali Cattolici. Succeeding title: La Rassegna nazionale)
Roma Letteraria. Rome, 1893-1922
Gli Studi in Italia: Periodico didattico scientifico e letterario. Rome, 1878-1884
Vassallo-Paleologo, Francesco. La Concordanza Dantesca: Opera Necessaria a Trovare Qualunque Pensiero della Divina Commedia. Girgenti: Stamperia Provincale-Commerciale di Salvatore Montes, 1883.
Strenna filologica modenese per l'anno 1863. By Giovanni Galvani, conte. Modena: Tip. dell'Immacolata Concezione, 1862.
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