Bible of Borso d'Este

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     Between 1455 and 1461 in Ferrara Taddeo Crivelli (1425-1479) and Franco Dei Russi (active 1453-1482) and others illuminated a Bible in two full-folio volumes for Duke Borso D'Este; the text was written by Pietro Paolo Marone. The Bible is preserved in the Biblioteca Estense e Universitaria, Modena, Italy (MS Lat. 422-423). 1300 pages are covered with rich illuminations that alone cost almost 5000 lire at the time.
     The stamp, a miniature from La Bibbia di Borso d'Este, shows St. Paul on a ship. The stamp was issued in 1961 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of St. Paul's arrival in Rome.

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