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Acerba by Cecco d'Ascoli Facsimile Edition

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A scientific encyclopedia in the form of a poem 

Cecco d'Ascoli, originally Francesco Stabili, was the creator of this manuscript, he died at the stake as a heretic in Florence in 1327.
He was an astrologist, he practiced medicine and wrote L'Acerba in vernacularan allegorical poem in which he deals with topics regarding nature such as the properties of plants and animals and natural phenomenon in a strange mixing real and fantasy elements. L'Acerba also deals with psychological, ethical and theological themes through descriptions of the universe, nature, and man as a perfect mechanism created by God, controllable by man but still succumb to mysterious forces of stars and planets.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Acerba by Cecco d'Ascoli": Acerba di Cecco d'Ascoli facsimile edition, published by Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2006

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Acerba di Cecco d'Ascoli

Rome: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2006

  • Commentary (Italian) by Mariani Canova, Giordana; Rao, Ida Giovanna
  • Limited Edition: 520 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Acerba by Cecco d'Ascoli: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.


Dark red canvas with half leather binding embelished by four bosses located on the sides and one in the middle. The same pattern is reproduced on the back cover. 

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