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Magliabecchi, Antonio (1633-1714), an Italian bibliophile, who, in spite of his occupation till 1673 as a goldsmith, studied Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, and was an omnivorous devourer of books. with which his house was filled. He neglected everything for the sake of reading, and his prodigious memory for details enabled him to retain almost all he read. In 1673 he became Court Librarian to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, to whom he bequeathed his library of 30,000 volumes, which the duke afterwards presented to Florence.

“It is most profitable, it is blessed, to be always looking beyond second causes in all our trials and distresses, and to discern the Lord's hand, in infinite love and wisdom, appointing all. For this brings the soul into a state of resignation and tranquility at least, if not of holy Joy.”
–Robert Hawker, Poor Man’s Commentary, Psalm 17