Luis Milan. Ladies and Gentlemen Nicknames Book: Entitled the game of command. Valencia 1535. Facsimile edition with the transcription into modern Castilian Spanish. Barcelona, Ediciones Torculum, 1951.
Print run of 350 numbered copies, on thread paper, 356 blank pages (216 pages corresponding to the facsimile of the original Gothic edition and with figures that are sometimes repeated, and 140 to the critical study of Justo García Morales, and transcription).
Book rebound in leather, spine ribs, water craft paper endguards, 16º landscape format 12 x 9.2 cm.
According to Palau (169129 and 169130), this piece is a treat to give to ladies. The only known specimen is in the Library Nacional de Madrid and still incomplete, as it is missing 2 pages … The object of the book is gallant based on the game of opening it at random and executing the knight of order (game of command) that the text dictates and the nickname that the gallant must respond while fulfilling the order …
Perhaps it is convenient to recall an old comment by a great bibliographer, Justo García Morales, on this book that he describes as “rare and evocative”, noting that “the format in which it was printed, in which the so-called pocket books or pouch used to be published , because of the place to be kept when going on a trip, the size of the repertoires of roads, little songs, etc., and the matter of such a little work, mere court entertainment and pastime, undoubtedly caused all the other bodies or volumes that were to be destroyed. they formed the edition… ”. When evoking the context in which this book is published, he pointed out: “If there is any place in Spain where the chivalric, sober and medieval sense of its primitive reconquerors are lovingly united, with the sweet hedonism that comes from its sea, its sky and of his land, this is undoubtedly Valencia. And very especially the Valencia of the last years of the 16th century, a time when the Renaissance spirit imported from Italy with the constant trips of the Levantines to Naples, Sicily and the Valencian pontifical court of its Borjas or Borgias popes, softened and made whiter the almogávar spirit of the descendants of the romantic and courageous companions of Jaime the Conqueror.
This edition was published in 1535, in the surroundings of the viceregal court of Germana de Foix. In the Valencian literary environment, a noble gentleman stood out, Luis Milan, the author, who was also the author of El Libro de Música de vihuela de mano entitled El maestro and El Cortesano.
The great bibliographer concludes on this book, “son of a frivolous and amusing court, presided over by a lady more frivolous and amusing still, it had no more significance than to serve as a pastime and to entertain happily and gallantly a few hours.”
Exemplary in perfect condition and with the leaves still uncut, intonous.
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