An unknown codex by humanist Bernardius Florentius 1476, Florence, Italy
A fine copy of a humanist work citing Greek and Roman classical authors – apparently unknown in any other copy.
The style of the initial on the frontispiece strongly suggests Florence as an origin for this book, and its subject matter indicates that it was almost certainly made for a high-ranking Franciscan there. Indeed, the fact that the text here discusses the manners and mores preferable for leaders of the Franciscan Order, as adapted for Franciscus Sansone (1414-1499; Vicar-General of Franciscans from 13 May 1475) might be taken to mean that this book was produced for someone in his orbit, or perhaps even himself. The work was never published and we can trace no other manuscript copy. Moreover, no copy of this work, or indeed anything by its author, can be found by us in sale records. Thus, this may well be the presentation copy itself, made for Franciscus Sansone, and perhaps gifted to him by author on his election to the leadership of the Franciscan Order.
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