Beatus of Liebana codex of Ferdinand I and Sancha, s. XI (AdC)


The Beatus of Liebana, codex of Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha, also called Facundo Beatus by the name of its author, it is preserved in the National Library of Spain with the Beatus of Liebana, In Apocalipsin, Codex Ferdinand I and Doña Sancha signature , Ms. Vitr. 14-2.

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The Beatus of Fernando I and Dona Sancha, also called Beatus of Facundo (Facundus scripsit) by the name of its author, is preserved in the BNE with the symbol Beatus of Liebana, In Apocalipsin, Codex of Fernando I and Dona Sancha, Ms. Vitr. 14-2. This manuscript was written around the middle of the 11th century, according to the text on folio 316: Era bis quadragies et V post millesima; that is to say, in 1047. The artist was careful to number the notebooks on the back of the last page. Thus, we see the number I in Roman on folios 25v, the II in 33v, and so correlatively, since the notebooks are perfectly regular with 4 diptychs or eight sheets. This means that two ternions (12 pages) containing the Preliminaries were added in front, at another time and by another hand, although very close in time.

This Beatus of the National Library stands out for its color that is not seen in any other, and for the perfection of the compositions that, according to Williams, make it “the most elegant of the Beatus”.

Two very expensive facsimile editions of this codex have been produced: the first, carried out in 1994 by the Moleiro publishing house, now out of print, and the second, carried out in 2007 by the Versol publishing house (we can provide copies of both). The second does not sell the study book if the facsimile, whose price exceeds € 5,000, is not purchased. The first, on the other hand, since the edition is out of print, now offers the study book. In both cases, copies of both editions can be found on the second-hand market.

The facsimile that is offered here is the one made by Amigos del Códice based on the files downloaded from the Hispanic Digital Library of the National Library of Spain, and is based on the original preserved in said public institution, it is bound in legitimate parchment leather with titles golden and does not detract from its older brothers. It is a unique opportunity to get this work at an exceptional price. It does NOT have a study book, it is only a facsimile, the translation of Beato’s work from Latin to Spanish can be downloaded from the internet.

Technical characteristics:
Binding in authentic handmade parchment skin on wood and gilt titles.
Dimensions: 26 x 33 cm.
Pages: 640
Special paper quality; handmade rope halters; antique gold gilt titles on spine and cover.
Total weight: about 5 kg.
Language in which is written: Latin
Original year of creation: 1047 (XI century)

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