Magliabechi, Antonio

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Magliabechi, Antonio

(äntô`nyō mälyäbĕ`kē), 1633–1714, Italian librarian, b. Florence. Magliabechi was a trained goldsmith who devoted his life to learning, and mastered Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. He became known throughout Europe for his prodigious memory. In 1673 he was appointed court librarian by Cosimo III de' Medici, grand duke of Tuscany. At his death Magliabechi bequeathed his library of 30,000 volumes to the grand duke, who gave it to the city of Florence, where it now forms part of the National Library.
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On 22 December 1861, King Victor Emmanuel II signed a decree unifying Florence's famous public library Magliabechiana--formed by the scholar and bibliophile Antonio Magliabechi (1633-1714)--with the Palatina collection which belonged to the reigning house of the former state (the Granducato di Toscana) in the person of the late Grand Duke of Tuscany, while his huge music collection was given to the music school of the Accademia di Belle Arti.
Marmi, persona assai vicina ad Antonio Magliabechi, e un epistolografo intelligente ed aperto, che fornisce preziose informazioni sulla vita culturale italiana, aduggiata dalla censura ecclesiastica.