MS Ricc. 1774 in the Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence) is a fascinating union of a moralizing bestiary (Il Fior di virtù) and a geographic work (La Sfera) destined to merchants and travelers, whose compilation has been attributed to Amerigo Vespucci. The manuscript was likely produced in Florence in 1470-1480. Il Fiore di virtù is a collection of stories in prose with animals as protagonists, whose aim is to teach moral virtues, while La Sfera is a poetic work with a didactic purpose dealing with astronomy and cosmography, and offering a poetic description of the globe based on Portulans and geographic charts. The decorative apparatus of the codex is the work of the Italian illuminator Mariano del Buono.
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