Seymour de Ricci

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Seymour de Ricci (1881-1942) was a bibliographer and historian, who was born in England and raised and became a citizen of France.[1][2]

The rock tombs of El Amarna (1903) by N. de Garis Davies and Seymour de Ricci

Early years[edit]

Seymour Montefiore Robert Rosso de Ricci was born in 1881 in Twickenham, United Kingdom.[1][2] His parents were Helen Montefiore (c. 1860-1931) and James Herman de Ricci (1847–1900). He lived with his mother in Paris after 1890, when his parents divorced. His father was a colonial judge and a lawyer.[2]

Education and early career[edit]

Between 1890 and 1898, de Ricci attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly. He attended and subsequently received his bachelier ès lettres from École pratique des hautes études, Sorbonne in 1897. He went to Côtes-du-Nord, Brittany where he studied Roman inscriptions. He met Salomon Reinach, who would be a close friend and mentor, and Émile Guimet. He took an inventory of the inscriptions and published his first book about them in 1897. In 1901 he received his licence. He was a private scholar of epigraphy, Egyptology and bibliography.[2]

Personal life and the war[edit]

De Ricci became a French citizen in 1901. He married Jenny Gabrielle Thérèse Dreyfus about 1902. She was born about 1886 and died about 1938.[2]

During World War I, he was a French Army second-class chasseur à pied. He was an interpreter for the British later in the war. After the war, de Ricci divorced Jenny and he married Delphine Levy Feher in 1920. She was born about 1886 and died about 1977.[2]


De Ricci died in Suresnes, near Paris, France in 1942.[2]


A selection of de Ricci's works include the following:

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Digitized notes[edit]

Notes from de Ricci have been digitized for an online database, Seymour de Ricci Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive. The notes, at the University of London's Senate House Library, had been intended for publishing of Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta, which was not completed. They had been originally bequeathed to the Historical Research in London in the form of more than 60,000 index cards.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Seymour de Ricci Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive". Penn Libraries, University of London Research Library Services. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Seymour de Ricci". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 

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