Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Ms. E 39

Columella - De Re Rustica Facsimile Edition

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A cornerstone in agronomy

Da Re Rustica is an essay on agriculture from the Roman era composed by Lucio Giunio Moderato Columella, Hispanic writer and landlord of the I sec d.C. who later moved to Italy.
This essay is divided into 12 books, it was largely appreciated and it represented for centuries a cornerstone in the studies of agronomy.

The history of the codex is unknown but the presence of a coat of arms surmounted by the papal tiara suggests the commissioning by Pope Sixtus IV, whose great bibliophile interest is renowned.


We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Columella - De Re Rustica": De Re Rustica facsimile edition, published by Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2005

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De Re Rustica

Rome: Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 2005

  • Commentary (Italian) by Formica, Patrizia
  • Limited Edition: 530 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Columella - De Re Rustica: 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.

14 illuminations printed on a special unalterable paper.

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