Rome, Biblioteca dell'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana, MS 55.K.2 (Rossi 17)

Stories of Saint Francis in the Corsinian Speculum Facsimile Edition

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MS 55.K.2 (Rossi 17) features the Speculum humanae salvationis, a fourteenth-century theological work by the hand of an anonymous Dominican author. The codex, on parchment, was crafted between the late 1340s and early 1350s in a Franciscan setting in Avignon, France, and displays 227 beautiful illuminations illustrating episodes of the biblical cycle and scenes from Saint Francis’s life.

More specifically, 178 of its illuminations refer to the text of the Speculum humanae salvationis, while the remaining 49 depict episodes related to the life of the saint. Compared to its source, the Corsinian codex includes three more chapters, namely the Passion of Christ, the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and the Seven Joys of the Virgin. The manuscript is today housed in the Library of the National Academy of the Lincei and Corsiniana, in Rome.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Stories of Saint Francis in the Corsinian Speculum": Storie di San Francesco facsimile edition, published by Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani, 2020

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Storie di San Francesco

Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani, 2020

  • Commentary (Italian) by Guardo, Marco; Frugoni, Chiara; Manzari, Francesca; Giovè Marchioli, Nicoletta; Felici, Anna Candida; Perino, Michela
  • Limited Edition: 399 hand-numbered copies plus 10 unnumbered copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Stories of Saint Francis in the Corsinian Speculum: 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.

The facsimile comes in a wooden slipcase that opens up like a book with a glossy lacquered surface finish. It also has its own bookrest and a lower compartment for the commentary volume.


Hand bound; with hand sewn silk headband. The cover is made of brown grain leather with nerves and blind tooling, a bas relief print on the front cover, spine and back; gold sprayed on three sides.

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