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Fortunato de Félice - The Two Journals (1758-62)
integrated into life in Bern, and from the success of his
previous academic work, de Félice started a large new project.
From his exposure to the comparatively liberal Bernese society, he
realised how lacking Italy was in foreign literature. So, in January
1758 he founded the "Estratto della letteratura Europea".
In July that year he started another, this time in Latin which was aimed at merging Swiss and Italian works, named the "Excerptum totius italicae necnon helveticae litteraturae", which he co-wrote with his friend, Vincent-Bernard de Tscharner (1728-78), later Bailli d'Aubonne (1769-75).
Haller and another scientist, Elie Bertrand (1713-97) thought that these journals were an excellent idea and helped establish a press and bookshop in Bern. With its success, Tscharner founded the "Société Typographique". De Félice was editor in chief, whilst Tscharner helped out with some of the editing and was the main financier. The two worked together perfectly, complimenting each other.
The two journals gained much attention in the scientific and literary communities, though the Latin journal more so as it was increasingly rare that popular works would be published in Latin. Many important scientists of the day commented upon it, including Samuel Tissot (1728-97) and J. G. Ritter von Zimmermann (1728-95) (George III's private physician) who described the Excerceptum in a letter to de Félice:
and in another letter, this time to Tscharner, of the 28th November 1758:
De Félice's friend, Prince Raimondo di Sangro, also sent many letters to de Félice, but had to do so via proxy to avoid suspicion from the Neapolitan authorities, who still had not forgiven the young Count and Countess.
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