Mulazzo, Massa-Carrara, Italia
NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRO
Year 2, no. 3 February 18/2001
Edited by Dario Manfredi, translated by John Black
1. At Mulazzo, on Saturday March 3, at 4.30 pm, in the Mario Mengoli
Auditorium of the Centro
di Studi Malaspiniani, there will be a presentation on the book Libri
& Destini by Loris Jacopo Bononi. Under the heading Publications
Received, below, we explain in more detail the importance of this volume.
Loris Jacopo BONONI, Libri & Destini. La cultura del libro in Lunigiana nel secondo millennio. Parte Prima, Lucca, Maria Pacini Fazzi, 2000, 340 pp.
The second and third parts of the book will probably appear within a year; included in the third part - devoted to the authors of Lunigiana - will be Alexandro Malaspina's previously unpublished work Carta crítica sobre la obra del Quixote.
"Las costas del fin del mundo. Expediciones. Viajes científicos españoles a las tierras de ultramar". National Geographic, Spanish Edition, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2001, 8 pp., with notes.
In Newsletter No. 3/2000 there was some discussion of the year of death of Alexandro Malaspina, with a reproduction of a document relating to his final will (of February 7/1810). Evidently this was not convincing enough. Therefore we reproduce and transcribe below another document, in which the precise date of the death is indicated: April 9/1810. It is taken from the "Book of the Dead" of the parish of San Pietro (in Pontremoli).
In Document No. 136 is written:
Anno Domini 1810 – die 9 aprilis
Sacramentis omnibus rite munitus obijt in Domine Alexander ex Marchionibus Malaspina de Mulatio in hanc Parochia habitans; aetatis annorum 54 circiter, eiusque cadaver delatur ad publicum cemeterium, vulgo Campo-Santo, ibi sepultus fuit presente Don Vincentio Angella delegato ut supra, a me
Francisco Muri Rector
After receiving all the appropriate sacraments, Alexandro Malaspina
of the Marquisate of
Mulazzo, an inhabitant of this Parish, died in the Lord at the age of about 54 years; his body was taken to the public cemetery, known as Campo Santo, and there he was buried in the presence of Don Vincenzo Angella, delegated to the above task by me,
Francesco Muri, Rector
Sooner or later even the Library of Congress (Washington, DC, USA) will be forced to acknowledge that Alexandro Malaspina died in 1810, and not in 1809, and therefore will have to deal with modifying its bibliographical records!
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