Cristoforo Buondelmonti: Book of the Islands of the Archipelago

Cristoforo Buondelmonti: Book of the Islands of the Archipelago

Probably Milan (Italy) — Second half of 15th century

Cristoforo Buondelmonti: Book of the Islands of the Archipelago

Ms. G 13 Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Germany)
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Cristoforo Buondelmonti: Book of the Islands of the Archipelago

As the Byzantine Empire collapsed in the East, many Greek-speaking scholars fled to the West and brought highly coveted manuscripts with them. At the same time, the Franciscan priest Cristoforo Buondelmonti was sent on a mission to recover Greek manuscripts from various islands in the Aegean Sea in 1415. In the process, he created two travelogues recording his time touring these historic and scenic islands including the manuscript at hand, the Liber insularum archipelagi or Book of the Islands of the Archipelago. This mission was commissioned by scholars from Florence including Niccolò Niccoli and the first version of it, completed in 1420, was dedicated to Cardinal Giordano Orsini, a wealthy bibliophile and patron of the arts. The travelogue reflects Buondelmonti’s experiences and has maps of various islands complete with buildings as well as a full-page depiction of Constantinople.


Alternative Titles
Cristoforo Buondelmonti: Buch der Inseln des Archipels
Liber Insularum Archipelagi di Cristoforo Buondelmonti
Size / Format
186 pages / 41.0 × 28.0 cm
Second half of 15th century
Humanist cursive
Facsimile Editions

#1 Cristoforo Buondelmonti, Liber insularum archipelagi: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Düsseldorf Ms. G 13, Faksimile

Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 2005

Publisher: Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 2005
Commentary: 1 volume by Arne Effenberger, Max Plassmann und Fabian Rijkers
Language: German
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Facsimile and commentary are housed in one volume in this edition, with the commentary printed in a separate section. Black and white reproduction of ff. 28-58 of the original document. The enlarged pages are represented on a larger white background. The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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