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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 66

Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti letters,

Letters from Italian writer Giuseppe Baretti to a variety of correspondents, often addressing literary and political topics.


  • 1762-1788.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Italian, and Spanish.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box))

This collection consists of sixteen letters written by Baretti to a variety of correspondents. The letters are written variously in English, Italian, and Spanish, and the content is generally literary or political. Giambattista Biffi, item (1), and actor David Garrick, item (5), are the most prominent correspondents. Many of the letters have typescript transcripts or translations. The collection also includes Baretti's book contract with George Robinson, apparently for Easy Phraseology for the Use of Young Ladies, item (7).

Biographical / Historical

Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti (1719-1789) was a native of Turin, Italy. After beginning his literary career in Italy, he removed to London in 1751. There he served as an Italian language tutor, and soon became a member of Samuel Johnson's literary circle. After publishing A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages (1760), he returned to Italy for five years, where he courted controversy with his literary periodical La Frusta Letteraria. He settled in London permanently in 1765. In 1769, he stabbed a man to death in a street brawl, but was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense with the help of character testimony from Johnson and other members of the Literary Club. From 1773 to 1776, he served as a live-in Italian tutor in the home of Henry and Hester Thrale.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including a letter from Baretti to Hester Lynch Piozzi in MS Hyde 3, item (2); Baretti's 1775 accounting of Samuel Johnson's expenses in France, MS Hyde 50, item (1); and six letters between Baretti, Temple Henry Croker, and Henry Townsend in MS Hyde 79, items (1) and (2).

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Link to catalog
Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio, 1719-1789. Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti letters, 1762-1788: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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