Extraordinary facsimile edition made in 2001 of the original codex of the fifteenth century, beautiful handwritten and illuminated copy in Italy of the works of Publio Virgilio Marón, 1st century BC, currently preserved in the Historical Library of the University of Valencia, Ms. 837.
Pictorial manuscript with abundant illustrations and miniature capitals in gold and colors. It comes from the Napolitan Library, Dukes of Calabria, San Miguel de los Reyes and is preserved today in the Historical Library of the University of Valencia.
Among the works transmitted under the name of Virgil, the only indisputably authentic are the Bucolic or Eclogues, the Georgians and the Aeneid.
The Bucolics comprise ten poems of little extension; Only two have more than one hundred verses. All Bucolic, with the exception of the fourth, offer an idyllic-bucolic character.
The Georges, a work of unsurpassable beauty, was composed in Naples with the intention of helping and supporting the emperor Augustus to promote a return movement to the countryside. They are divided into four books, so that the first deals with the cultivation of the fields, including a calendar of the farmer and the signs to know the time; In the second, the arboriculture, the cultivation of the trees, especially of the vineyard; The third, cattle ranching, livestock rearing; And the fourth, beekeeping, breeding of bees.
But Virgil owes his immortality to the Aeneid, whose composition, to which he dedicated the eleven years of his life, is an epic poem of twelve books, dealing with the Fall of Troy, the travels of Aeneas, and the definitive establishment of A Trojan colony in Lazio, the origin of future Rome.
The date on which the text was copied is uncertain. It is possible that the manuscript was written in Rome between 1460 and 1470, and its miniatures were later completed in Naples. There are several miniaturists who worked on this Virgilian codex, although it is not easy to distinguish their hands, they are thought to be three.
The prestigious Neapolitan Library was initiated by Alfonso V of Aragon, the Magnanimous, and continued throughout half a century by his descendants. It came to acquire great importance, as much for the number of copies, as for the beauty of its binding, miniatures and iconography, mecenazgos in consonancia with the fame of the own Aragonese monarchy in Naples.
Edited in commemoration of the Celebration of the 500 years of the Foundation of the University of Valencia.
Technical characteristics of the facsimile edition:
Beautiful facsimile bound in leather on table. Skin carved, with bust of the poet in relief, laureate and gold, reproducing the original binding. Format 24,5 x 33 cm. 556 pages. Written in Latin.
Paper specially made with the same characteristics as the original parchment, leaving a perfect finish and simulating the fine vellum of the original codex.
Limited edition to 1,380 venal specimens, numbered and signed by a notary public, and with the handwritten signature of the printer-editor.
Spanish study book by María Cruz Cabeza Sánchez-Albornoz, Francisco M. Gimeno Blay and Antonie Wlosok. Format 23,5 x 33 cm. 108 pages.
Both books are presented in a box-case-book covered in cloth and engraved in gold, spine with large nerves. Format 29 x 36 x 9 cm.
Exemplary in perfect condition.
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