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Location: Cologny
Library / Collection: Fondation Martin Bodmer
Owner: Bodmer Family
Shelfmark: Cod. Bodmer 174
Manuscript title: Giovanni Boccaccio, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes (De casibus virorum illustrium), French translation by Laurent de Premierfait
Caption: Parchment · II + 338 + II ff. · 41.2 x 29.0 cm · France · 15th century
Language: French
Manuscript summary: This ethical work by Boccaccio, originally written between 1353 and 1356 and expanded in 1373, addresses the subject of the unevenness of fate. Manuscript copies of the work were frequently made; it was issued in print and translated into many languages. It enjoyed great popularity in Europe. The French translation by Laurent de Premierfait for Jean de Berry was equally popular, as evidenced by the 68 manuscript copies of this text still in existence. Unlike the Latin version, the French manuscripts display a rich iconographic accompaniment, most likely produced by Laurent de Premierfait himself. This is also the case with CB 174, which was produced during the 15th century in France. Each book opens with a small illustration (150 in all) portraying the “pitfalls” described in the text that follows. (bib)
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DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.5076/e-codices-cb-0174
Permanent link: http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fmb/cb-0174
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