and Italian Lives

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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Q: Is “Italian Lives” belonging to Roscoe who is known as “modern Guicciardini of the modern Florence,”? What could it (“Italian Lives”) be?

Indeed, both the anonymous author of the Guide-Book, and the gifted bard of the Mersey, seem to have nourished the warmest appreciation of the fact, that to their beloved town Roscoe imparted a reputation which gracefully embellished its notoriety as a mere place of commerce. He is called the modern Guicciardini of the modern Florence, and his histories, translations, and Italian Lives, are spoken of with classical admiration.
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