Palatine 313 Manuscript

Dante Poggiali


Facsimile reproduction of the Palatine 313 Manuscript preserved at the National Central Library of Florence

 It ranks in the second quarter of the 14th century, both according to the writing and to the illustrations that accompany the text.

 Considered to be the oldest illuminated comedy known, it contains 37 precious miniatures attributed to the workshop of Pacino di Buonaguida, and that is why, according to some critics is binding from the outset a pre-eminence of Giotto's taste in the illustration of the poem; to substantiate this hypothesis would be the Benvenuto’s affirmation, according to which Dante would have met Giotto in Padua, when the artist was engaged in the Scrovegni Chapel and had started to paint the Last Judgment, wherein the representation of the Damned and the Inferno occupies much space.

 The codex Palatino 313 contains the greatest part of the Commentary of Jacopo, son of Dante, though often his commentaries are corrupted and altered. Almost every gloss is marked with the initials Jac (Jacopo).

 Both sons of Dante had been commentators of the Comedy: Pietro of the whole poem, and Jacopo, who did not go beyond the first cantica. By the time Jacopo lived in Florence, many applied to him for requesting explanations on the most difficult paragraphs of the Comedy.

 "It 's strange that the possessor of an ancient codex would write in the margins where it was hard to understand: Jacobe, facias declarationem."

 The code is written in littera textualis, a spelling born in northern France in the second half of the twelfth century, as an evolution of the Carolingian minuscule.

 A 14th century ownership note declared that the codex belonged to the Florentine scholar and politician Piero Del Nero (who died in 1598). It then passed to the library of the family Guadagni and eventually was bought by Gaetano Poggiali who used it for his 1807’s edition of the Comedy. 

Technical specifications

Size cm 22x31, 5
Fine art print
Application of gold leaf by hand
Parchment paper, hand-treated in order to achieve the optimum state of aging
Binding done by hand
Grain leather with natural tanning
Hand sewing
Crate on old paper
Commentary by M. Veglia
Print run of 599 copies unique in the world, 500 of which present Arabic numerals, 99 in Roman numerals