Peiresc's History of Provence: Antiquarianism and the Discovery of a Medieval Mediterranean

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Peiresc's History of Provence: Antiquarianism and the Discovery of a Medieval Mediterranean


Miller, Peter N., Transactions of the American Philosophical Society


Acknowledgments

Preliminary forms of this argument were presented to the BGC/Columbia Medieval-Renaissance Seminar in May 2008; the Early Modern History workshop at Princeton University in April 2010; and at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, in May 2010. I benefited much from the lively exchanges and am grateful to all who attended, and especially to those who invited me. Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, Adam J. Kosto, Jacob Soll, and Orest Ranum read and commented on earlier versions of the written text, for which they have my deepest appreciation. Marc Fumaroli, Tony Grafton, Alain Schnapp, and Jérôme Delatour have been part of a long-running conversation with me about Peiresc, and it is a pleasure to thank them yet again for all that they have given me. If there is one book that has inspired ine at many different stages of my thinking ever since I was an undergraduate, and which, I realize now that it is finished, marks this project as well, it is John Pocock's Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law.

I have been helped by many librarians and archivists over the years. I would like to signal the special consideration I have received from the late Isabelle Battez, Christiane Imbert, and Jean-François Delmas, who have been the Conservators of the Bibliothèque Inguimbertine at Carpentras during the years I have worked there on Peiresc materials. I am especially grateful to M. Delmas for his commitment to furthering access to Peiresc's archive. Michel de Laburthe at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix and Mireille Pastoureau at the Bibliothèque de l'Institut in Paris also deserve special thanks. At home, the staff of Bard Graduate Centers library has been unfailingly helpful in dealing with requests for books and loans: Heather Topcik, Karyn Hinkle, and Janis Ekdahl in particular. I am grateful to Mary McDonald of the American Philosophical Society, and Pamela Lankas of 1GS, for the patience and unfailing courtesy that has made work on the final steps of this project so easy.

This book is dedicated to my son, but it is the life of my whole family these last years-Deborah and Livia, as well as Sam-that has surely found its way into every word, mood, and tense.

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Figure 1.1 Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc. Engraving by Lucas Vorsterman, after Jan Van Dyck. Private Collection.

Figure 2.1 Peiresc's rendering of his own family chart. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1882, fol. 387. Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Archives et Musées de Carpentras.

Figure 2.2 An example of how PeiresC represented genealog)'. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1814, fol. 26v-27r. Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Archives et Musées de Carpentras.

Figure 2.3 Genealogical chart of the Dukes of Brieg and Liegnitz by Pierre d'Hozier. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1801, fol. 75r. Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Archives et Musées de Carpentras.

Figure 2.4 An example drawn from Peiresc's volume illustrating seals. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1784, fol. 253r, detail. Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Archives et Musées de Carpentras.

Figure 3.1 Peiresc's chart of the Counts of Toulouse and Provence (fols. 58v-59r). Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. Nouvelles acquisitions français 5174.

Figure 3.2 Peiresc's chart of the Counts of Toulouse and Provence (fols. 58v-59r), detail, Paris. Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. Nouvelles acquisitions français 5174.

Figure 3.3 "Porcellet of Aries" list of documents sent by Peiresc to the Bishop ofToul. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1845, fol. 347r. Archives et Musées de Carpentras

Figure 3.4 Continuation of the "Porcellet of Aries" list of documents sent by Peiresc to the Bishop of Toul. Carpentras, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. L845, fol. 347v. Archives et Musées de Carpentras.

Figure 3.5 Jacques Callot, "Genealogy of the Porcellet Family, " general view. Carpentras, Bibliothèque inguimbertine, MS.

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