Fortunato Bartolommeo Felice, an Italian author, born in Rome about 1725, died at Yverdun, Switzerland, Feb. 7,1789. He studied under the direction of the Jesuits, and became a teacher of various sciences in Rome and in Naples. His abduction of a nun from a convent in the latter city obliged him to seek refuge elsewhere, and about 1756 he settled at Bern, where he became a Protestant. At a later period he founded a printing establishment and a boarding school at Yverdun. He translated into Italian the works of Descartes, D'Alembert, and Newton, and edited with Tscharner (1758-'67) L'estato della letteratura and other periodicals. He edited Burlamaqui's Principe du droit naturel et aes gens, and published an abridgment of the same under the title of Lecons du droit de la nature et des gens (4 vols., Yverdun, 1769), and many other works. His most extensive production is the Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire unicersel des connois-sances humaines (48 vols. 4to, and 10 vols, of illustrations, 1770-80). It was based on Diderot's cyclopaedia, and he was assisted by Euler, Haller, and other eminent scholars.
From this he compiled a Dktionnaire de la justice natu-relle et civile (13 vols., 1778).