Fleur de vertu

Fleur de vertu

France — Ca. 1530

Fleur de vertu

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Fleur de vertu

Despite the fact that the identity of its author is still debated, the Flower of Virtue is a collection of moralizing texts that enjoyed great popularity and was translated into numerous languages including French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Armenian, and Croatian. The text was originally written in strongly dialectical Italian under the title Fiore di virtù between 1310 and 1323 by “Brother Tommaso”, theorized to be Tommaso Gozzadini (1260–1329), a Bolognese notary. It consists of 35 chapters juxtaposing a series of virtues and vices, each associated with an animal in the manner of a bestiary, while also presenting the views of various philosophers or Bible quotes on the subject. This gorgeous manuscript from ca. 1530 is a French translation of Fleur de vertu by François de Rohan (1480–1536), Bishop of Angers, Archbishop of Lyon, and Primate of France. It is adorned by 48 gorgeous miniatures in the French Renaissance style and countless fine initials in red, blue, and gold.


Alternative Titles
Il Fior di Virtù
Le Livre nommé Fleur de vertu, translaté d'italien en françoys, par François de Rohan
Size / Format
91 folios / 23.0 × 16.0 cm
Ca. 1530
French translation of the Italian work Il Fior di virtù, written between 1310 and 1323 by a certain brother Tommaso. It contains a collection of texts for moral edification.
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#1 Fleur de vertu

Commentary: 1 volume by Marie-Françoise Damongeot-Bourdat
Language: Spanish
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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