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By contrast, it identifies miscellanists as those who form "a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were throw a bridge between these two great divides of the public" (Miscellanies, or Literary Recreations 3).
A renovated antiquarianism then sets the stage for an identification of the antiquary and the miscellanist in a more intellectual register, and the two fuse in D'Israeli's model of the "man of letters" as a cultivator of knowledge.
The verse collected together in a highly successful miscellany by many authors, The Paradise of Dainty Devices, first printed in 1576 and reprinted nine times in the Elizabethan period, illustrates many of the characteristics of the desired speaking voice of the mid-century miscellanists.