FEATURES – Codex on paper, 560 x 420 mm, 146 folios (292 pages).
ORIGIN – France (Paris).
CHRONOLOGY – Second half of the 16th century (1565-1589).
PATRONAGE – The manuscript was produced at the court of Catherine de’ Medici (1519-1589).
FORMER OWNERS – Giovanni Giraldi.
CURRENT LOCATION – Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale. The acquisition is certified by the catalogue «Nuove Accessioni di Manoscritti I» (page 125).
GENRE – Treatises / Secular books; Medicine / Botany.
CONTENT – Treatise on human anatomy with anatomical tables.
LANGUAGE – Captions in French, Italian and Latin.
SCRIPT – Chancery cursive.
DECORATION – 71 full-page watercolor anatomical plates.
ARTIST – The author of the plates is Filippo Cavriani (or Cavriana): he was the personal physician of Catherine de’ Medici.
EXTERNAL LINKS – Internet Archive (catalogue «Nuove Accessioni di Manoscritti I», Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze).
Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles
Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Publisher – Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani (Rome, 2010).
Series – Tesori Svelati.
Limited edition – Unique edition, limited to 199 numbered and authenticated copies. At the same time a complementary issue of ten ‘out of commerce’ copies were printed and reserved for the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.
Authenticity certificate – A valid Certificate of Authenticity accompanies the facsimile: it is located at the colophon and is endorsed by Giuliano Amato (President of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana from 2009 to 2013) and Antonia Ida Fontana (Director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze from 1996 to 2010).
Binding – Leather binding with blind embossing.
Commentary (Italian) – Benzoni, G.; Carlino, A.; Rabbi Bernard, C.; Velut, S.; Ciardi, R.; Olmi, G.; Scapecchi, P.
Copyright photos: Illuminated Facsimiles