This is a copy of the Latin Historia de Preliis, an alliterative Alexander romance of the tenth century usually attributed to Leo the Archpriest (who was himself from Naples). The codex which contains it is widely believed to have originated from the mid-thirteenth century, probably in the locale of the court of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The full-text folios are written in a rotund miniscule script. Some begin with a large round blank spot which was intended to contain an illustrated incipit. In total, there are twenty-four such spaces left blank for incipits, miniatures, and other illuminations which were never added. The existing illustrations are suggested to have been drawn from a lost Late Antique source. The front of the codex bears the inscription: "Scientes mensura terre."
I romanzi cavallereschi minati a Napoli, 87. Edited by Alessandra Perricioli Saggesi. Naples: Società Editrice Napoletana, 1979.