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Plutarch, Leonard Bruni, Donato Acciaiuoli
PLUTARCH, Life of Quintus Sertorius in the Latin translation by LEONARDO BRUNI; DONATO ACCIAIUOLI, Life of Charlemagne the Great; in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Italy (Florence), c. 1461-1463/4. NEWLY DISCOVERED MANUSCRIPT OF A FAMOUS LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE BY AN ITALIAN HUMANIST. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Italy (Florence), c. 1461-1463/4. Dimensions 184 x 136 mm., 56 leaves, complete, written in 19-17 long lines through f. 30, and in 23-21 long lines from f. 31v to end in a cursive humanistic script, one three-line blue initial, one 5-line gold initial, two finely executed 4-line illuminated initials (additions?), f. 3, and f. 31v, added coat of arms (f. 1). BINDING: CONTEMPORARY, extensively repaired and restored, blind-tooled brown calf over wooden boards. TEXT: A newly discovered, hitherto unrecorded, manuscript of the Life of Charlemagne by Donato Accaiuoli (who followed the ninth-century life of Charlemagne by Einhard), with Plutarch's Life of Quintus Sertorius from his Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans in the Latin translation by Leonardo Bruni (1370-1444). PROVENANCE: Written, almost certainly in Florence, c. 1461-1463/4; the partially erased inscription on f. 56rv states that it was copied by Giovanni Marco, a pupil of Pierro di Strozzi, for Thomas de Debrenthe, bishop of Zagreb. This is a very early manuscript by Marco, who went on to have an illustrious career as a scribe in Naples. Our manuscript certainly dates before Thomas de Debrenthe was appointed Bishop of Nitra in 1463/4, and 1461-1462 seems likely, making it very close in date to the copy (now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) presented by the author, Donato Acciaiuoli (1429-1478) to King Louis XI of France (reigned 1461-1483) on January … [Click Below for Full Description]
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