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Letter fromGEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 18, 1864.

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Title: Letter fromGEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 18, 1864.


  • Marsh, George Perkins, 1801-1882


  • Norton, Charles Eliot

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Letter fromGEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 18, 1864., Original located at the University of Vermont's Special Collections in the George Perkins Marsh Collection, filed by date., (accessed January 22, 2018)

Letter fromGEORGE PERKINS MARSH to CHARLES ELIOT NORTON, dated April 18, 1864.

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TEI mark-up by : James P. Tranowski andEllen Thomson

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Turin Apl 18 1864

Dear Sir

I believe there does not exist a verbal Index to Dante, or rather I should say, a concordance; for Blanc answers pretty well as a verbal Index, though troublesome to consult. The Rimario is but an indifferent substitute for a concordance. Would not such a thing be a handsome contribution to the festa of 1865.? I have suggested this to Mr Joseph Artoni, formerly a teacher of Italian at Philadelphia and elsewhere in the U.S. and now an attaché of this Legation, & he would be willing to undertake it -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- upon reasonable encouragement, which, however, cannot be got from Italian booksellers. He has made an experiment with canto I. Inferno. This employed him 20 hours, or say a week of working days at three hours twenty minutes per day, at which rate two years would be required. But he made his concordance unnecessarily full, copying the verse anew for almost every word. I think by taking only the important words like Mrs Cowden Clarke in Shakespeare, and even going very much beyond Prendergast's conc. to Milton, four words per verse would be a sufficient average which would make 50,000 or at most 60,000 lines. If, then, instead of copying the verses, he -------------------------------- Page --------------------------------cuts them out separately from Witte's edition, italicising the emphatic words, marking Part, Canto, & line in the margin, and arranging the whole alphabetically, the time, with a little help, could be so reduced as to allow of the printing in season for the festa. Such a book would have a market all over the world, & it seems to me worth trying. Are you disposed to promote this in place of B. da Imola, which you will now, I suppose, hardly undertake? I do not know what Artoni would expect, but I think he would undertake it, finding his own assistants, and stipulate to have it ready for the press -------------------------------- Page -------------------------------- by January 1 1865, for [...]1000. I hardly think it could be done for less, as one person cannot do it alone in less than one and a half or two years.

Mr Artoni is competent and conscientious. Will you do me the favor to reply by an early mail and oblige

Yours very truly

George P. MarshC E Norton Esq

P.S. As half my letters miscarry, I observe that I wrote you on the 14th and again on the 29th of March

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