HUNGARY: Priceless Gift

Freighted with international import two bulky volumes, the Corvina Codices,* arrived last week at Budapest from Rome. Priceless, they had been neither bought nor sold. Down the years they have been a princely gift, transferred from one sovereign to another when great matters loomed. Four centuries ago they were the twin diadems of the great library of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, from whom they take their name. After the Turkish conquest (1526) they were the spoil of Sultans who admired the exquisite illuminations by Attavantes and Francesco del Cherico, but...

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