The Atlas of Natural History of Felipe II, also known as Codex Pomar is a pictorial manuscript composed of 218 color plates painted on paper to one side, the 47 former are fauna and from the fourth begin botany. Latin titles in humanistic point of the sixteenth century. Antique page in ink on the top corner, defective: on page 16 jumps to 21, from 197 back to 180, according to the end, modern foliation in pencil on the back of the sheets in the lower right corner. The sheet 42 is impaired in the lower left corner. In binding with golden ornaments and legends on the covers: “Garden House” and “Portrait of nature.” gilt edges. On the last page with lyrics guarded seventeenth century we read: “The King our Mr. Felipe II gave this book to your doctor Dr. Honorato Pomar, Valencia, professor of herbs at the University of Valencia; heredole his teacher son Pomar I died and he sold his mother’s widow said Dr. Pomar for £ 50, having judged painters in value of 100 pounds. HMDLV ” On the back cover, the following note: “Ex Libris Academy Valentinae Legatis ab Excellency D. Jaunario Perellós, Marchione de Dos Aguas.”.
None of the layers is signed, but it proved a double foliation which gives the Atlas great historical and scientific relief. First, many of the films have typical characteristics of Jacobo Ligozzi Verona, one of the most celebrated artists of plants and animals of the XVI century. Second, another part of blades Atlas corresponds to drawings of plants and animals American made where it is generally regarded as the first modern scientific expedition: the one intended by Felipe II to investigate “the history of the natural things of our Indias” . Directed by Francisco Hernandez, this famous expedition studied from 1571-1577 Mexican nature.
This manuscript is a source of exceptional importance to the iconography of the Renaissance botany and zoology. Their origin has a high historical significance: it was given by Felipe II to Jaime Honorato Pomar, head of the chair of “herbes” or medical botany at the University of Valencia, the first devoted to this subject in the Hispanic kingdoms and one of the most early Europe.
1990 facsimile edition of the original preserved in the General and Historical Library of the University of Valencia. Notarized and numbered limited edition. Bound in parchment with gold titles. Papel Ingrés, Guarro Casas, manufactured especially with the same characteristics as the original. Format 24 x 35 cm. 234 pages (468 pages). Pictorial manuscript.
Case box type guardalibro engraved in gold the real shield, format 23.5 x 36.3 x 9 cm., Containing the facsimile and the 140-page study book in Spanish and English made by José María López Piñero (Professor of History of the Science of the University of Valencia, Director of the Institute of Documentary and Historical Studies on Science of the University of Valencia, CSIC) and translated by Thomas F. Glick (Rector of the University of Boston). Bound in Dutch skin back, format 23.3 x 35 cm.
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This work was awarded as the best book published in Spain in 1990. Ideal for any botanist, biologist and bibliophile general gifts.
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