Since the Middle Ages the silk craft had given renown to Florence among merchants all over the world then known. This caused a proliferation, particularly during the fifteenth century, of treatises, written in polished and lively style, often embellished with magnificent illustrations, shedding light on every aspect of this fascinating artistic practice.
The codex is preserved in Florence's Laurentian Library and contains exquisitely accurate reproductions of the 59 leaves of a richly decorated manuscript dated February 1487, once the property of Emperor Francis III, who donated it to the prestigious Florentine library in 1755. The water-colour illustrations provide charming vignettes of each phase of silk manufacture, following the text step by step. This ends with an interesting book of accounts with marginal sketches showing merchants and book-keepers.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Treatise on the Art of Silk": Trattato dell'arte della seta e L'arte della seta in Firenze facsimile edition, published by Giunti Editore, 1995