Facsimile edition made in 2004 by Patrimonio Ediciones of the 15th century codex, Book of Hours of Alexander VI, “Papa Borgia”, whose original is kept in the Royal Library of Belgium under the signature Ms. IV 480.
Illuminated masterpiece by Gerard David for the Borgia dynasty. Commissioned by Rodrigo de Borja, “Papa Borgia”.
Facsimile in a limited edition of 999 copies and numbered with notarial certificate. Bound in embossed leather with two metal clasps, 16 x 20.5 cm format. 420 pages containing 84 gold and silver illuminated miniatures by Gerard David. The codex preserves the original binding made in Bruges by Antoine de Gavere, made of leather on board with bronze clasps, which is what has been reproduced in the facsimile.
The facsimile is delivered in an exclusive book-type box-case, for better conservation, lined in leather with ribbed spine and gold title, padded silk interior. Format 23 x 25.7 x 9 cm. New, brand new (it is not the box that the publisher delivered).
Accompanied by the corresponding study book (ISBN 9788495061164), bound in brown cloth hardcover with gilt titles and color illustrated dust jacket, 25 x 34 cm format. 186 color illustrated pages. Study by Amadeo Serra Desfilis. Texts in trilingual: Spanish, English and German.
This beautiful and interesting Book of Hours contains a large number of images decorated with floral, animal, fruit, architectural motifs and brightly colored piety medallions, on a gold background, forming a highly polychrome ensemble.
The history of more than one hundred years of the Borja family is, without legend or myth, an incident that is difficult to imagine but rather quite real: a family of the small Valencian aristocracy that in less than half a century gives birth to two popes, Calixto III and Alejandro VI. , and a dozen cardinals to the Roman Church, which for many years occupies the center of power in the Church itself, which marries their children into ruling families, becomes the protagonist of the struggles for power in Italy, gives rise to an accumulation of infamies such as the papacy has never known again, and later closes the incredible circle producing a great saint, San Francisco de Borgia, General of the Society of Jesus in full counter-reformation.
Complete copy and in perfect condition.
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