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Signature of Sir Antonio Genesio Maria Panizzi at the end of a cut section of an 4-1/2 x 3 inch paper ALS.
Sir Antonio Genesio Maria Panizzi (better known as Anthony Panizzi), was a naturalised British librarian of Italian birth and an Italian patriot. He was the Principal Librarian (i.e. head) of the British Museum from 1856 to 1866. In addition to his English knighthood, Panizzi was given an honorary degree by Oxford University, the Légion d'Honneur from France, various chivalric honours from the Italian Government and Crown, and in 1868 was appointed as a senator in the Italian Parliament. He never took his seat there.