Romance of Alexander. Travels of Marco Polo


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Romance of Alexander. Travels of Marco Polo

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Romanzo di Alessandro Magno. Viaggi di Marco Polo – Romance de Alejandro. Viajes de Marco Polo – Alexanderroman. Der Milione.
FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 415 x 290 mm, 548 pp.
ORIGIN – Belgium: Tournai; United Kingdom: London.
CHRONOLOGY – In the first half of the 14th century (1340 ca.) the copying of the Roman d’Alexandre was completed; at the beginning of the 15th century the codex was integrated with two other texts: Alexander and Dindimus and the French version of Il Milione.
PATRONAGE – Uncertain.
GENRE – LiteratureChronicles / History / Laws.
CONTENTS – Roman d’Alexandre (Romance of Alexander): collection of legends about the life of the Macedonian emperor, written in old French; Alexander and Dindimus or The Letters of Alexander to Dindimus, King of the Brahmans, with the Replies of Dindimus, which consists of an exchange of letters in Middle English between Alexander the Great and the king of the Brahmans; Livres du Graunt Caam (Books of the Great Khan): a French version of the Book of the Marvels of the World of Marco Polo.
LANGUAGE – French; English.
DECORATION – Impressing set of miniatures (of which 9 full-page); decorated borders; initials.
ARTIST – Jean de Grise.
STYLE – Gothic.
EXTERNAL LINKS – Digital Bodleian (digitized manuscript)Catalogue of Western Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries.

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Livre de; des Merveilles; Devisement du Monde


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 corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Publisher: Treccani (Rome, 2014).
Limited edition: 599 copies.
Commentary: Barker-Benfield Bruce, Centanni Monica, Cruse Mark, Ciccuto Marcello.

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