Codex Laurentianus Mediceus

Codex Laurentianus Mediceus

Italy — 5th Century

This rare Virgil manuscript originates from the 5th century and was personally edited by the consul Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius

  1. The text of the Georgics, Aeneid, and part of the Eclogues is written in rustic capitals

  2. Corrections in red ink were made by the Italian humanist Julius Pomponius Laetus (1428-98)

  3. It was acquired from the Vatican Library by Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-74), Grand Duke of Tuscany

Codex Laurentianus Mediceus

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Codex Laurentianus Mediceus

The individual manuscripts of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence, which belonged to the historical basic holdings when the library was opened in 1571, are each referred to as Codex Laurentianus. The Codex Mediceus is a 5th century Virgil (70-19 BC) manuscript written in rustic capitals preserved in the Laurentian Library, which contains the Georgics, Aeneid, and part of the Eclogues. A note at the end of the Eclogues records that the manuscript was corrected at Rome by Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius, who was consul in 494. The manuscript was recorded in Bobbio in the Emilia-Romagna region in 1467. In 1471, the manuscript found its way into the hands of the Italian humanist Julius Pomponius Laetus (1428-98) who made corrections of his own in red ink. It was first preserved in the Vatican Library, and later purchased by Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-74), the Grand Duke of Tuscany, from the heirs of Cardinal Rodolpho Pio da Carpi (1500-64), a prominent humanist and patron of the arts in his own right.


Alternative Titles
Scilicet P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolicorum pars, Georgicorum libri IV et Aeneidos libri XII
Size / Format
221 folios / 22.0 × 15.0 cm
5th Century
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 Vergili Medicei simillimum publice phototypice impressum. Codex Laurentianus Mediceus

Limited Edition: 500 copies
Binding: Vellum binding with brown leather straps and cream leather facings
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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