Facsimile edition made in 2005 of the “Book of Motes de Damas y Cavalleros, entitled the Game of Mandar”, by Luis Milán, Valencia 1535, whose original (only known example) is preserved in the National Library of Spain, sig. R / 7271.
Book of Motes of Ladies and Gentlemen, or the Mandar Game. Facsimile bound on parchment on wood, 16º landscape format 11 x 8.3 cm, tinted edges, 208 pages on special-purpose embossed paper. Sixteenth-century Spanish text, Gothic letter of three sizes. Multiple xylographic engravings handmade ladies and gentlemen on every page, and on the rectum and the verse of the front edges constructed with small pieces xylographic.
Limited edition of 3,000 copies, numbered and authenticated twice by notary and by the publisher.
Presented in a beautiful case in Dutch with leather spine, nerves, handmade golden, containing the facsimile for better preservation, format 13 x 9.5 cm.
It may be worth remembering an old commentary by a great bibliographer, Justo García Morales, about this book that he describes as “strange and evocative”, stating that “the format in which it was printed, which used to be edited by books called pocketbooks , For the place to be kept when traveling, proper size of repertoires of roads, songs, etc., and the subject of such an act, mere courtesan fun and pastime, did without doubt destroy all other bodies or volumes that Shaped edition … “. In evoking the context in which this book is published, he said: “If there is any place in Spain where the chivalrous, sober and medieval sense of its primitive reconquistadores, with the sweet hedonism born of its sea, Of their land, this is certainly Valencia. ” And especially the Valencia of the last years of the sixteenth century, when the Renaissance spirit imported from Italy with the constant voyages of the Levantines to Naples, Sicily and the papal court Valencian of their Boras or Borgias, softened and made More white the almogávar spirit of the descendants of the romantic and valiant companions of Jaime the Conqueror.
This edition sees the light in 1535, in the surroundings of the virreinal court of Germana de Foix. In the Valencian literary environment, a noble gentleman, Luis Milán, the author, who also was of the book of music of vihuela of hand titled the master and of the Cortesano stood out.
The great bibliographer concludes on this book, “Son of a frivolous and amusing court, presided over by a more frivolous and amusing lady, had no more importance than to serve as a pastime and entertain joyfully and gallantly a few hours.”
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