Gaetano Luigi Marini: Historical Memoirs of the Archives of the Holy See

Scope and Content

Gaetano Luigi Marini, 'Historical Memoirs of the Archives of the Holy See', translated by Robert Charles Jenkins, 41 folios: (fo. i) title page; (fo. ii) translator's preface; (fo. 1) text; (fo. 36) note by Hartwell D. Grissell; (fo. 1) 'Hartwell D. Grissell Esqre with the translator's kind Regards'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gaetano Luigi Marini (1742-1815), scholar, was born at Santarcngelo di Romagna, Italy. He received training in the law, before settling in Rome, and becoming prefect of the Vatican's archives and the director of its Lapidary Galley. Marini removed to Paris following the seizure of the archives by Napoleon, and died there in 1815. His scholarly works cover natural philosophy, archaeology and history, and include a renowned work on papyrus.

Robert Charles Jenkins (1816-1896), theological writer, matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1837 (B.A., 1841; M.A., 1844). He was ordained deacon in 1841, and priest in 1842. Jenkins was curate of Willesden, Middlesex, 1841-1843, perpetual curate of Christ Church, Turnham Green, 1843-1854, and rector and vicar of Lyminge with Paddlesworth, Kent, 1854-1896. He died at Lyminge rectory on 26 March 1896.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by C.E. Sayle, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on R.C. Jenkins in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1947), p. 562.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was presented to Charles Edward Sayle by Hartwell de la Garde Grissell.


Marini's original work was printed in Hugo Laemmer, Monumenta Vaticana (Freiburg, 1861), app. 1, p. 433 fol.

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