The spectacular M.429 Blessed Monastery of Las Huelgas, is the largest of all the existing manuscripts of blesseds (page size: 36.4 x 52 cm). The facsimile is presented in a guardalibro bag in cream fabric for better conservation and transport. A 5 star in every great Library!
In the second of its two dimensions appears dated in the year 1220, consists of 187 folios and contains 116 framed miniatures with sizes ranging from the quarter of a page to the full page and, in some cases, the double page. These include more than 100 illustrations of the Apocalypse and 10 miniatures that accompany Jerome’s Commentary on the Book of Daniel.
It also contains considerable prefaces and other additional clarifications, such as the Genealogical Tables, with scenes from the book of Genesis and the adoration of the Magi, angels holding the arms of a cross, the Maiestas Domini, portraits of evangelists accompanied by witnesses, angels carrying books, San Miguel and the dragon, and a complete page decorated with the letter Omega.
In addition to its extensive compendium of illustrations, the M.429 has a series of unusual scenes and other characteristics, examples of which are a snake with the head of a woman in the miniature that illustrates the book of Genesis in the Genealogical Tables, and a version of the scene of the siege in the Destruction of Jerusalem within the cycle of miniatures for the Commentary on Daniel of Jerónimo, in particular in what refers to the attire of the soldiers.
The manuscript belonged to the Monastery of San Clemente de Toledo, founded by Alfonso VI but delivered to the Cistercian Order by Alfonso VIII. It seems that its origin was Toledo or Burgos. It is possible that the “commission” was Berenguela, mother of Fernando III and sister of Alfonso VIII. Also that the manuscript was a gift to ensure success in the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, which would explain the presence of San Miguel and the dragon and the allusion to the war in Daniel’s illustration of the siege of Jerusalem.
The edition consists of two volumes, one of them a facsimile of the original manuscript found in the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, identified as M.429. Bound by hand in dark brown leather on board, dry carved with a Pantocrator, thick ribs and rope heads, format 40.5 x 54.5 cm. His illuminations present the gold and silver in relief and with great volume, something that no other facsimile edition of a Beatus of Liébana has. Presented this great facsimile in a cream colored burlap cloth bag and with the title printed, format with the facsimile inside 58 x 43 x 12 cm.
Its size is indicative of its magnificence, since open gives us dimensions of 55 cm high by 78 cm wide, and approximately 374 pages, 116 of them with miniatures, golds and silvers … A spectacular work!
Plus a second studio volume, bound in hardcover, brown fabric with gold titles, format 25 x 31 cm., 430 pages, texts in Spanish and English, containing:
– Codicological description.
– Style and origin of the Beatus of Las Huelgas. Its historical context
– The codex of the Strikes in the tradition of the Blessed.
– Illustrations of the Beatus of Las Huelgas. Description and interpretation.
– Spanish translation of the Commentary on the Book of Daniel by Saint Jerome.
– English translation of the Commentary on the Book of Daniel by Saint Jerome.
– Bibliography and general comment.
Limited and numbered edition of the facsimile with notarial authentication of only 666 copies, of which only 444 copies were distributed in Spain.
Total weight 14 kgs.
If you own Blessed Corsini (the smallest of all the blessed in size) you can not miss this copy, the most spectacular and largest (in terms of size) of all Blesseds! Codex unavoidable for any collector of this series of medieval manuscripts.
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