Acerba by Cecco d’Ascoli

Francisci Asculani Acerba; Liber Acerbe Etatis; Acerba di Cecco d’Ascoli; Acerba by Cecco d’Ascoli; Acerba par Cecco d’Ascoli.
Italy, Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ms Pluteo 40.52.
Acerba by Cecco d’AscoliFull-size color reproduction of the entire original document: the facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document; the binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Publisher: Editalia (Rome, 2006). Limited edition: 530 copies. Commentary: Italian (by Mariani Canova Giordana, Rao Ida Giovanna). Slipcase.

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FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 190 x 275 mm, 180 pp.
ORIGIN – Italy.
CHRONOLOGY – 14th century.
GENRE – Literature; Treatises / Secular books; Astronomy / Astrology.
CONTENTS – Didactic poem composed in 1327 by Francesco degli Stabili Cichus, better known as Cecco d’Ascoli. Starting from the thought of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas and of the dominant Arab philosophers in the period in which he writes, Cecco discusses various scientific questions, mainly concerning celestial events, with an educational tone. Acerba has also been defined Anticommedia, due to the fact that in it the Author lashes out against poetry, particularly against Dante Alighieri's Comedy, which he sees as the negation of «true science». Because of his opinions, judged to be heretical, Cecco will be condemned to the stake and this is why Acerba has remained an unfinished work.
LANGUAGE – Italian.
SCRIPT – Gothic. One column of text.
DECORATION – Over 70 miniatures mainly in color; decorated initials.
STYLE – Renaissance.

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