One of the most important of which are kept in the National Library of Spain (Vitr. 24.3) is known as codices Book of Hours of Charles V. The justification for membership is based on a handwritten note of the second sheet Guardian : Hic liber fuit Imperatoris Caroli V. Magni dated in circa 1503. By its content of great educational interest, possibly gifted he was still very young. It belonged to the house of Habsburg until Philip III donated it to Cardinal Francisco de Joyeuse.
The manuscript, written in French bastard letter is, according Durrie, “particularly interesting for the history of lighting Work.” In its 336 pages, approximately 320 are lavishly illustrated with paintings of high pictorial value and very striking and sensationalism, causing this codex is a unique gem. It includes, also, many historiated miniatures (over 700) in many and varied borders. It contains several double page (the victorious entry of Heraclius in Jerusalem with the Cross of Christ, David’s victory over Goliath or the meeting of the three death knights), which would be enough to qualify the codex as a masterpiece. They have less merit the rest, which combined with short texts, involve a clearly didactic intention. Another large number of them, They have been made in full page and culminated with gold leaf. “
Without doubt, this Book of Hours is one of the most beautiful and beautiful of our artistic heritage. Although the prologue did not announce the Hours of Charles V served as an authentic holder moralizing encyclopedia, because among the various biblical stories are interspersed cycles: Comparison Sibyls and Prophets, Legend of the Cross, Miracles of the Virgin, agreement between Prophets and Apostles Creed composition, Acts of the Apostles, Chronicles of Life of David and Life of Job, Legend of the Three Living and the Three Dead, Dance of Death, etc. This proliferation of images reminds us that the value of the Book of Hours with illustrations served more to be seen than to be read; and this, particularly, shattered the previously set to show a new civilization of the image.
Bella facsimile edition of 1999, spent many years. Handmade natural leather bound carved on wood with silver decoration. 17 x 24.7 cm format. Pages: 320 full-page and double page 3.
Book complementary study by Julian Martin Abad, Anna Muntada, Elisa M. Varela and Francisco Gimeno Blay. 16.5 x 24.7 cm format. 250 pages.
Limited global circulation of only 500 copies, numbered and authenticated by a notary.
The specimen we offer has facsimile and study book in mint condition. The box in which case the publisher is minimally damaged and minor signs of use, it give you a completely new format open type overall, to use that creates more convenient.
Shipping by the buyer, upon request and destination. Ask us without obligation (indicating the reference of the article) any doubt.