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Codice Sforza Facsimile Edition

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Penned on November 27, 1467, by the prospective Duke of Milan Ludovico Maria Sforza, the notebook contains a grammatical, literary, and historical commentary on the Rhetorica ad Herennium (90 a.C.).

Composed under the guidance of humanist Francesco Filelfo, the booklet was meant to show the young boy's mother, Bianca Maria Sforza, Ludovico's progress as a student. The Rhetorica ad Herennium, an unsigned treatise from 90-80 a-C., was one of the most popular rhetoric textbooks used during the Renaissance.

Once Ludovico had written his annotations, expert illuminators took over the decoration, adorning the eight parchment pages with coats of arms and scenes inspired by ancient Greek and Roman history.

In January 1863, the codex was given to Victor Emmanuel II of Italy by the marquis Vittorio Emanuele Tapparelli d’Azeglio, who had purchased it in London in 1860.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Codice Sforza": Codice Sforza facsimile edition, published by Nova Charta, 2017

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Codice Sforza

Venice: Nova Charta, 2017

  • Commentary (Italian) by Rummo, Rossana; Saccani, Giovanni; Malafarina, Gianfranco; Brovarone Vitale, Alessandro; Bollati, Milvia; Di Palma, Luca; Crisostomi, Paolo
  • Limited Edition: 200
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Codice Sforza: 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.

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