This account, written, not inelegantly, in La- tin, and which composes a small octavo vo- lume of sixty-seven pages, remained in manu- script, til) Laurentius Mehus gave it to the public in 1749.An Italian translation had indeed been published at Florence, as early as the year 1360.Refrain from automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us. Almost all the great events from which Europe derives its present advantages are to be traced up to those times.We encourage the use of public domain materials for these purposes and may be able to help. The invention of the art of print- ing, the discovery of the great western conti- nent, the schism from the church of Rome, which ended in the Reformation of many of its abuses and established the precedent of reform, the degree of perfection attained in the fine arts, and the final introduction of true principles of criticism and taste, compose such an illustrious assemblage of luminous points, as cannot fail of attracting for ages the curio- sity and admiration of mankind. whoever considers the magnitude of the un- dertaking will not think it likely to be soon supplied.
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