Dante Estense

Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Cod. α.R.4.8 (Ital. 474)


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Dante Estense

Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Cod. α.R.4.8 (Ital. 474)

Alternative titles
Dante Estense – Göttliche Komödie der Este.
Physical features
Codex on parchment, dimensions 350 x 255 mm, 140 folios (280 pages).
Italy (Emilian area), 14th century (ca. 1380-1390).
The manuscript has been in the inventory of Este manuscripts since the end of the 17th century. In 1796, during the Italian Campaign (1796-1797) led by Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1769, d. 1821), it was stolen and taken to Paris – see the stamp of the Bibliothèque nationale de France on ff. 1r and 139r. In 1816 it was brought back to Modena by the librarian of the Biblioteca Estense, Antonio Lombardi. The codex is among the relics that Francis V (b. 1819, d. 1875) took with him to Vienna in 1859, when he left Modena following the annexation of the duchy to the Kingdom of Sardinia. It was definitively returned to Modena in 1868.
Present repository
The codex is today preserved in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria in Modena, under the signature Cod. α.R.4.8 (Ital. 474).
Full text of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (b. ca. 1265, d. 1321).
271 watercoloured pen drawings arranged in the upper margin of the folios, a large initial and decorated margin at the beginning of each cantiche, decorated initials at the opening of the cantos.

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Dante Estense

Publisher – Priuli & Verlucca Editori (Scarmagno, 1995), by concession of the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali.
Series – «Il Giardino delle Esperidi», series of art books and facsimile editions of illuminated manuscripts from the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria.
Limited edition – Edition printed in 299 copies in Arabic numeration. 20 copies in Roman numeration were added to the edition.
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original manuscript as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Materials – Printed on Symbol Tatami White paper by Cartiera Fedrigoni.
Binding – Leather binding. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian by Ernesto Milani, Director of the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria. Index: Vicende storiche, catalografiche e bibliografiche; Lezioni e commenti della Commedia; Miniatura e decorazione; Analisi descrittiva delle immagini del codice; Trascrizione del codice; Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso; Bibliografia.
Slipcase – The facsimile is housed in a leather-covered slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is printed on the colophon of the facsimile.

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