Dante Riccardiano-Braidense

Dante Riccardiano-Braidense Facsimile Edition

Italy — Ca. 1350

One of the oldest manuscripts of Dante's Divine Comedy, written shortly after his death: two fragments from the Riccardiana and Braidense libraries, reunited here

  1. Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) is a giant of world literature with a discernible influence on successive generations

  2. This precious specimen is reunited for the first time after being seperated into two fragments for centuries

  3. Created between 1323 and 1328, shortly after the author's death, it is one of the oldest surviving Dante manuscripts

Dante Riccardiano-Braidense

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Dante Riccardiano-Braidense

Jacopo della Lana wrote one of the oldest and most highly regarded commentaries on the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, which is presented alongside the work itself in this fine Gothic Italian manuscript. After centuries of being divided between two libraries in Florence and Milan, the fine vernacular manuscript has been reunified in its original form.

Dante Riccardiano-Braidense

Almost 700 years after it was created, the precious codex known as the Dante Riccardiano-Braidense, is being united into a single, complete codex after having been long divided into two fragments. It is one of the finest artifacts in the literary tradition of Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) and is named after its respective repositories in Florence’s Biblioteca Riccardiana and Milan’s Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense. Jacopo della Lana (ca. 1290 – ca. 1365), called “Lanèo”, authored one of the first and most highly acclaimed commentaries on the Divine Comedy ca. 1323–28, and thus not long after Dante’s death. His commentary enjoyed immediate and lasting success due to its use of vernacular Italian as opposed to Latin, which was more prevalent at the time. Entire passages of Lanèo’s commentary were later incorporated into the so-called Ottimo Commento or “Excellent Commentary”. The popularity of the commentary can be attested to by the hundreds of surviving manuscripts containing it, including this fine specimen of Gothic Italian illumination, which originated ca. 1350.


Alternative Titles
Il manoscritto Riccardiano-Braidense della Commedia di Dante Alighieri
Göttliche Komödie - Codex Riccardiano-Braidense
Size / Format
572 pages / 33.0 × 21.0 cm
Ca. 1350
Gothic Textura Rotunda
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Dante Riccardiano-Braidense  – Ms. 1005
Ms. AG XII 2 – Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense (Milan, Italy) Facsimile Edition
Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2007
Limited Edition: 599 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Il Manoscritto Riccardiano-Braidense della Commedia di Dante Alighieri

Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2007

Publisher: Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2007
Limited Edition: 599 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Mirko Volpi and Arianna Terzi
Language: Italian
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.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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