Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, MS Ricc. 1774

Il Fior di Virtù e La Sfera Facsimile Edition

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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.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Il Fior di Virtù e La Sfera": Il Fior di Virtù facsimile edition, published by ArtCodex, 2015

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Il Fior di Virtù

Castelvetro di Modena: ArtCodex, 2015

  • Commentary (Italian) by Lazzi, Giovanna
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Il Fior di Virtù e La Sfera: 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.

Facsimile edition including MS Ricc. 1774 (16 x 23 cm) and Waldseemüller Map (50 x 70 cm).

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