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PAOLO (GIROLAMO GASPARE)5 (1532-1600)

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 884 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PAOLO (GIROLAMO GASPARE)5 (1532-1600) was the only child of Gian Battista, and was born on the 4th of July 1532. Like his father, he maintained a large correspondence with many persons of learning and note. In 1541 Francesco Contarini, procurator of St Mark's, brought from Brussels a MS. of Villehardouin's History of the Conquest of Constantinople, which he presented to the Council of Ten. In 1556 they publicly ordered its translation into Latin, and gave the commission to Paolo Rannusio. His father also seems to have taken much interest in the work, for a MS. vernacular translation by him exists in the Marciana. Paolo's book was not completed 2 Brunet's statements on the subject are borrowed, and not quite accurate. The detail in Cigogna seems to be accurate, but it is vague as to the deficiencies of the earlier editions. 3 All of these are in the British Museum. 4 All at the British Museum. 5 This person and his son affected the spelling Rannusio. till 1573, many years after the father's death, and was in fact a paraphrase enlarged from other sources, thus, according to Cigogna's questionable judgment, " converting the dry story of Villehardouin into an elegant (fiorita) historical work." It was not published till 'bog, nine years after Paolo's death; nor was it ever really reprinted, though it became the subject of a singular and unintelligible forgery. For Jacopo Gaffarelli, who was sent to Venice to buy books for Richelieu, having apparently procured the " remainder " copies, removed the title and preliminary pages and substituted a fresh title with the date 1634, and a dedication to his master the cardinal.l
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