Description & Technical information

This is a remarkably handsome large-format copy of one of William of Auvergne’s most significant works, distinguished by its extraordinary illumination of the spheres of the universe. It was owned by (and possibly written for), a member of the Papal curia, active in humanist circles in Rome. Known in forty-five manuscripts (none in the U.S.), this is the only copy in private hands. Copies of this text (still lacking a critical edition) are rarely available (two sales of manuscripts other than the present one are recorded in Schoenberg Database, 1947 and 1910).

Date:  1440-60 and 1470-78
Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  Italy, Rome
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art