Regia Carmina: London Codex

London, British Library, Royal 6 E IX


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Regia Carmina: London Codex

London, British Library, Royal 6 E IX

Alternative titles – Regia Carmina di Convenevole da Prato – Panegyric in Honor of King Robert of Anjou – Lobgedicht auf Koenig Robert von Anjou.
Physical features – Codex on parchment, dimensions 490 x 350 mm, 60 pages.
Binding – Post-1600 binding by the Royal Library.
Region of origin – Italy (Tuscany).
Dating – 14th century (ca. 1340).
Provenance – This is probably the copy of the Regia Carmina that was donated to the King of Naples, Robert of Anjou (b. 1277, d. 1343) by the citizens of Prato, when the city placed itself under his protection. A portrait of him is visible on f. 10v.
Present repository – From 1757 the manuscript became part of the collection of the British Library, as part of the Old Royal Library of George II of Great Britain (b. 1683, d. 1760).
Genre – Literature.
Content – Collection of liturgical verses that the notary and master of the disciplines of the trivium Convenevole da Prato (b. 1270-1275, d. 1338) – best known for being the teacher of Petrarch – dedicated to Robert of Anjou. Convenevole begs the king of Naples to unify Italy and bring the papacy back from Avignon to Rome. There are only two other manuscripts that contain the same text, and they are preserved in Vienna (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. Ser. n. 2639) and Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Banco Rari 38).
Language – Latin.
Script – Gothic cursiva and gothic textualis script.
Decoration – The verses of the Regia Carmina are embedded in 47 miniatures in colour and gold (ff. 1v, 2v, 4v-5, 6-9, 10v-13, 15, 19v-25, 27, 28v-30v). There are also initials in blue with red pen flourishes, or in red with purple or blue pen flourishes.
Illuminator – The sumptuous miniatures were executed by the painter and miniaturist of the Giotto school Pacino di Buonaguida or Bonaguida (b. ca. 1280, d. ca. 1339). Buonaguida was active in Florence between 1300 and 1350.
Style – Gothic.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles

Francesco Petrarca


Type of reproduction – Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document.
Publisher – ArtCodex (Castelvetro di Modena, 2015).
Limited edition – The reproduction was produced and distributed in a limited edition of 999 copies numbered in Arabic numerals.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate at the colophon with the copy number is authenticated by Luciano Malagoli (ArtCodex) and David Way (British Library).
Writing support material – Parchment paper processed according to the ArtCodex patented method.
Gilding – Handmade foil gilding in the amanuensis tradition.
Binding – Leather binding with gilded friezes, corresponding to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian, size 17 x 24 cm, 130 pages. Essays by Giovanna Lazzi, Franco Cardini, Rosanna Miriello.
The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.

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