Silius Italicus: De secundo bello Punico libri XVII

All the manuscripts of the group were originally bound in violet or red velvet. The edges are decorated with Buda-style gilding and painting with the title of the volume on the fore-edge. However, the codices donated by Sultan Abdul Hamid in 1877 to the Hungarian university youth, were rebound before the donation in uniform red, white and green bindings after the removal of the original. The director of the Austrian school of Istanbul, Philipp Anton Dethier made interesting remarks on these latter. (Edina Zsupán)

Source: The Corvina Library and the Buda Worskhop: [National Széchényi Library, November 6, 2018 –February 9, 2019] A Guide to the Exhibition; introduction and summary tables: Edina Zsupán; object descriptions: Edina Zsupán, Ferenc Földesi; English translation: Ágnes Latorre, Budapest: NSZL, 2018, p. 146

For a detailed codex description see:

Edina Zsupán, Silius Italicus: A második pun háború (De secundo bello Punico libri XVII), in: Edina Zsupán (ed.), “Az ország díszére”. A Corvina könyvtár budai műhelye, kiállítási katalógus, Budapest, OSZK 2020, Kat.-No F6, 302-304.


Shelfmark: Cod. Lat. 8.
Country: Hungary
City: Budapest
Keeper location: University Library, Eötvös Loránd University
Author: Silius Italicus
Content: De secundo bello Punico libri XVII
Writing medium: parchment
Number of sheets: II + 185 fol.
Sheet size: 330 × 220 mm
Place of writing: Florence
Date of writing: 1460–1470
Scriptor: "The scribe of Laur. Fiesole 44" Cf. Albinia de La Mare, New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence, in: Annarosa Garzelli (a cura di), Miniatura Fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525. Un primo censimento, 2 vols, Florence 1985, vol. 1, 395-600, 547, No 89/1.
Place of illumination: Florence
Date of illumination: 1460–1470
Crest: King Matthias' Hungarian and Bohemian royal coat-of-arms; "second" heraldic painter, Buda, late 1480s
Possessor, provenience: unidentified Hungarian owner (Johannes Vitéz de Zredna?, György Handó?); King Matthias Hunyadi; Ottoman sultans; it was returned to Hungary as a present of Abdul Hamid, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1877.
Binding: 19th-century, paper board, red Turkish leather binding. Originally bound in velvet, the author’s name on the Buda-style fore-edge reads: SILIUS ITALICUS
Language of corvina: Latin
Condition: Restored (NSZL, Mária Czigler, 1988)