of the Destruction
The State Hermitage
x 222 mm.
Miniatures: 35 Full size miniatures.
Bound in leather embossed in gold.
Between 1270 and 1287, Guido della
Colonne, Italian lawyer, historian and poet, wrote a Latin version in
prose of 35 chapters reducing the famous epic of Benoit of Sainte-Maure
about the Troy War, from the expedition of the Argonauts until the death
language that Guido uses is the medieval scholastic Latin, conscious of
the desire to express elegance.
Of the 100 manuscripts still
preserved of Guido´s text, its lavish miniatures characterize the one in
the Russian National Library. Although the artist of the miniatures is
unknown, one can appreciate a great influence of the Italian school of
the XIV century.
Two different artists can be
observed in the miniatures of this wonderful codex.
Previous to the XVIII century the
location of this codex is unknown. In the first half of the XVIII
century it belonged to Jean-Louis Gaignant, a French Bibliographer as
indicated on the book´s cover. It is also known that Catherine The Great
thought of acquiring the entire collection to Gainant in 1769. It was
probably during this time when it was bought by one of the Stroganov. In
1889 it finally arrived to the Russian National Library.
The facsimile edition
of the Ilustrated Bible of Den Haad
complete with a carrying case
for storage and a
supplementary study book,
performed by specialists in
consists of a single edition
of 299 numbered
copies, duly authenticated