Facsimile reproduction of the ms. 55.K.2 (Rossi 17), housed in the Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana, a historic library in Rome, containing the Speculum humanae salvationis, an anonymous theological work composed by a Dominican author in the first quarter of the 14th century. The codex was produced a few years later, written between the late 1540s and early 1550s in a Franciscan setting in Avignon, as shown by its marvellous series of illustrations featuring episodes of the biblical cycle and scenes of the life of Saint Francis. In order to fully grasp its meaning and beauty, a commentary of more than 200 pages is provided for the reader, with essays by Marco Guardo, Chiara Frugoni, Francesca Manzari, Nicoletta Giovè Marchioli, Anna Candida Felici and Michela Perino and 20 out-of-text colour plates.
Print run of 399 hand-numbered copies plus 10 unnumbered copies
The facsimile, like the manuscript, is made up of folios IIII (hardback) + 47 + IIII’ (hardback)
The facsimile is printed in four colours using the stochastic screening technique with special high-pigmentation inks, paste silver, paste gold and hot gold stamping on Luxor parchment paper by Cartiere Fedrigoni
The endpapers are printed on Ingres paper by Cartiere Fabriano
The silk headband is hand sewn
The cover is made of brown full grain leather with nerves and blind tooling, bas relief print on the front cover, spine and back
Gold sprayed on three sides
It is contained in a wooden slipcase that opens up like a book with a glossy lacquered surface finish. It also has its own bookrest and a lower compartment for the commentary, covered in Alcantara.