Ficinus: Epistolarum ad amicos libri VIII

The source of the data sheet is the detailed description of the manuscript: ZSUPÁN, Edina, “Beschreibung der Corvinen der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel”, in ZSUPÁN, Edina, Hrsg., unter Mitarbeit von HEITZMANN, Christian, Corvina Augusta. Die Handschriften des Königs Matthias Corvinus in der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. Ex Bibliotheca Corviniana. Supplementum Corvinianum 3. (Budapest: Bibliotheca Nationalis Hungariae, 2004.), 27–121., 43–51.

DATA SHEET

Shelfmark: Cod. Guelf. 73. Aug. 2°
Country: Germany
City: Wolfenbüttel
Keeper location: Herzog August Bibliothek
Digitized corvina: at the keeper location
Author: Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499)
Content: Epistolarum ad amicos libri VIII
Writing medium: parchment
Number of sheets: I + 303
Sheet size: 292 × 198 mm
Place of writing: Florence
Date of writing: c. July 1488
Scriptor: Luca Fabiani (most of the text); second unkown hand (fol. 232. r., fol. 270. r.-v., fol. 275 v.-297 v.)
Illuminator: Francesco Rosselli (1445–between 1508/1513), 'Maestro dell'Iliade Medicea' (?)
Place of illumination: Florence
Date of illumination: c. July 1488
Crest: the coat-of-arms of Matthias Corvinus (King of Hungary 1458–1490, King of Bohemia 1469–1490) appears twice, with the Dalmatian coat-of-arms in the third field, the Bohemian lion in the fourth, and the Hunyadi raven in the inescutcheon; medallion: the Hungarian double cross, the Árpád-stripes (twice) and the Hunyadi raven
Possessor, provenience: the manuscript was written in Florence in the summer of 1488 (after 6 July) at the suggestion and expense of Filippo Valori, with the consent of Marsilio Ficino; Matthias Corvinus; the later fate of the manuscript is unknown until it came into the possession (before 1627) of Augustus II, Duke of Brunswick (r. 1635–1666)
Binding: original velvet binding, gauffered-gilded edge
Language of corvina: Latin