Tavola Ritonda

Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Ms. Palatino 556


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Tavola Ritonda

Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Ms. Palatino 556

Alternative titles – Il libro delle istorie della Tavola Ritonda, e di missere Tristano e di missere Lancillotto e di molti altri cavalieri – Round Table – Lancelot of the Lake – Tabla Redonda – Tafelrunde.
Physical features – Codex on parchment, dimensions 275 x 200 mm, I-171-II folios (348 pages).
Origin and patronage – The codex was made in Italy (probably Lombardy) in 1446, commissioned by the condottiere Pier Maria II de’ Rossi, better known as Pier Maria Rossi (b. 1413, d. 1482). A different patronage – either by the Gonzaga or the Visconti – has also been hypothesised.
Present repository – The manuscript is today kept in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, under the signature Ms. Palatino 556.
Genre – Literature.
Content – Tales from the Matter of Britain – the quest of the Holy Grail, the feats of the Knights of the Round Table, the love affairs of Lancelot and Guinevere and of Tristan and Iseult.
Language – Italian.
Script – Gothic hybrida.
Scribe – Zuliano degli Anzoli and his workshop.
Decoration – 289 drawings, almost entirely executed in pen.
Illuminators – Zuliano degli Anzoli. It has also been hypothesised that Bonifacio Bembo (n. 1420, m. 1480) and his brother Ambrogio were involved.
Style – Italian Renaissance.

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Tavola Ritonda


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Tavola Ritonda. Manoscritto Palatino 556

Type of reproduction – Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document.
Publisher – Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani (Rome, 2009), by concession of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.
Series – Tesori Svelati.
Limited edition – 750 copies, hand-numbered from 1 to 750. Ten non-sale copies not numbered have been reserved for the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.
Writing support material – Special like-parchment paper.
Binding – Red velvet binding, cornerpieces on the front and rear covers, medallion in the centre of front cover. A stone is mounted in the centre of the cornerpieces and medallion on the front cover. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian, leather binding with gold decorations and lettering, size approx. 21 x 28 cm, 334 pages, 10 colour images. Foreword by Roberto Cardini. Essays by Daniela Delcorno Branca, Lucia Bertolini, Marzia Faietti, Annette Hoffmann, PIera Giovanna Tordella, Adriana Di Domenico. Transcription of the manuscript text in Italian by Strefano Cremonini, Andrea Piccardi and Francesco Ursini.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary volume are housed in an elegant double-compartment leather slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is printed on the colophon of the facsimile and authenticated by the President of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana and the Director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.
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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