The sumptuous manuscript with a gilded double title-page contains works by the Athenian Sophist Philostratos (3rd century AD) and his nephew: biographies of heroes and philosophers of Antiquity, letters and a description of the paintings in a Neapolitan gallery. Bonfini translated the work into Latin for the royal library in 1487. The manuscript reached Buda from Florence in Matthias’ lifetime, but the leather binding with architectonic ornamentation bears the arms of Wladislas II. The Philostratus Corvina is one of the most finely decorated manuscripts of the royal library and its title-page has the greatest wealth of decorative elements in the all’ antica style: medals, cameos, architectonic elements, mythological scenes and a triumph. Some scholars consider that the person holding the triumphal procession is János Corvin, an indication of Matthias’ ideas for the succession. A portrait of Matthias can be seen among the medal portraits of Roman emperors in the frame on the left-hand sheet. In addition to the title-page, the manuscript has a further six title-pages, placed at the beginning of the different works, with decorative borders and figural initials. A number of researchers had thought the miniaturist to be Attavante degli Attavanti, but it is now unanimously agreed to be the work of the Florentine master Boccardino il Vecchio (†1529). Wladislas II gave the codex to the Viennese humanist Johannes Gremper and it subsequently passed to Iohannes Cuspinianus. In 1540 it belonged to Fabri, Bishop of Vienna who bequeathed it to Saint Michael’s College of Vienna university. From here it passed to the Court Library and in 1932 was transferred to the National Széchényi Library under the terms of the Venice agreement.