A deluxe illuminated manuscript offered to Pope Pius II, produced by the ‘king of booksellers’ Vespasiano da Bisticci
Aliotti, Girolamo (1412-1480).
Gratulatio ad Pium II pro foelici, ac secundo ex Mantuana peregrinatione reditu. Dialogus de optimo vitae genere deligendo. De monachis erudiendis. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin. [Florence, 1460].
253 x 181 mm. II + 139 + II leaves. COMPLETE. 14 quires. Collation: 1-1310, 1410(-1) (lacking the last blank leaf). Unfoliated. Blanks: fols. 2/10r, 14/8v, and 14/9r-v. Catchwords written in the center middle of the last page of each quire except quires 2 and 4. Text block: 164 x 90 mm, one column, 28 lines. The first capital letter of each sub-chapter set out. Ruled in brown ink. Text written in...