Ms. 1474

Angelica Library

Dated: 1258-1266
Author: Peter of Eboli

Folio measurements: 184×130 mm.

Genre: Poem
Miniatures: Present.

The De Balneis Puteolanis, which is a poem in Latin that celebrates the therapeutic properties of the ruined Baths of Pozzuoli and Baia, was composed around the middle of the 13th century. The author was Pietro da Eboli, a poet who was active at the Norman court and then later, at the Swabian court and who, according to tradition, dedicated the poem to Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Though the original work was soon lost, it enjoyed considerable fortune and many copies were made as time passed. This copy, found in the Angelica Library is the oldest known, commissioned perhaps by Frederick II’s son, Manfred, to honour his father. And this one is also the most precious because of its miniatures, so full of stories…. And of gold. They are the work of a mid-12th century Neapolitan atelier.

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