Montfaucon (1719-1724)

Montfaucon (Bernard de). L’antiquite expliquee et representee en figures.



Montfaucon was a pioneer of enormous stature in the three related fields of palaeography, bibliography, and antiquity. His Palaeographia Graeca (1708) paralleled the work of his great predecessor Mabillon in medieval Latin palaeography at the academic constellation of St. Maur.

Montfaucon’s Bibliotheca Bibliothecarum Manuscriptorum Nova (1739) was a near-comprehensive listing of the major European manuscript collections. The fifteen magisterial volumes of his Antiquite are now regarded as the essential starting point of modern scientific archaeology.