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Book/Printed Material The Bible. First Volume of the Bible. Biblia. Bibliorum Tomus I

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Title

  • The Bible. First Volume of the Bible.

Other Title

  • Biblia. Bibliorum Tomus I

Summary

  • This codex is the first volume of a three-volume Bible commissioned in Italy by King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary (1443--90) for his library. The manuscripts were copied by Antonio Sinibaldi or his pupil Alessandro Verazzano, probably in 1489-90. The illuminations have been attributed to Attavante Attavanti. All three volumes were left unfinished, at least as far as the illuminations are concerned. At Matthias Corvinus's death, Lorenzo de' Medici, known as Lorenzo il Magnifico, incorporated the books into the Medici collection. This volume contains the Old Testament in the Latin translation of Saint Jerome (the Vulgate). The Bible is part of the Plutei Collection, which consists of the approximately 3,000 manuscripts and books from the private holdings of the Medici family, which, bound in red leather with the Medici coat of arms, were arranged on the benches of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana when the library first opened to the public in 1571. Cosimo de' Medici (1389-1464) is known to have owned 63 books in 1417-18, which grew to 150 by the time of his death. His sons Piero (1416-69) and Giovanni (1421-63) vied with each other in commissioning illuminated manuscripts. Lorenzo il Magnifico (1449-92), son of Piero, acquired a great number of Greek codices and, starting in the 1480s, ordered copies of all texts lacking in the library with the aim of transforming the Medici library into an important center of research. Following the expulsion of the Medici from Florence in 1494, the books were taken from the family. Giovanni de' Medici, elected Pope Leo X in 1513, restored the collection to the Medici, and another Medici pope, Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici), organized the establishment of the Laurenziana.

Names

  • Attavanti, Attavante, 1452?-1525? Illuminator.
  • Sinibaldi, Antonio, 1443-1528 Associated Name.
  • Verazzano, Alessandro Associated Name.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1489 to 1490]

Headings

  • -  Italy
  • -  1489 to 1490
  • -  Bible
  • -  Bible. Old Testament
  • -  Codex
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Memory of the World

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Vellum ; 360 x 530 millimeters ; 278 folios.
  • -  Original resource at: Medicea Laurenziana Library, Florence.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Bibliotheca Corviniana

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667907

Online Format

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  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Attavanti, Attavante, 1452?-1525? Illuminator, Antonio Sinibaldi, and Alessandro Associated Name Verazzano. The Bible. First Volume of the Bible. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1490, 1489] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667907/.

APA citation style:

Attavanti, A., Sinibaldi, A. & Verazzano, A. A. N. (1489) The Bible. First Volume of the Bible. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1490] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667907/.

MLA citation style:

Attavanti, Attavante, 1452?-1525? Illuminator, Antonio Sinibaldi, and Alessandro Associated Name Verazzano. The Bible. First Volume of the Bible. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1490, 1489] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667907/>.