This article, in the form of a batch, is composed of the facsimile of the so-called “Book of Wonders of the World, Book of Miracles”, corresponding to the manuscript Ms. Français 2810 of the National Library of France; and of the facsimile of the “Book of Marco Polo” of the Colombian Library of Seville, with an open case, plus its corresponding study book in Spanish or English. Both works (the first complete one) are also sold separately on this same site.
MARCO POLO WONDERS BOOK:
The so-called Book of Wonders of the World, Book of Marco Polo, Book of Miracles, corresponds to the manuscript Ms. Français 2810 of the National Library of France. It was made in the fifteenth century and illustrated by some of the greatest teachers of his time. 84 profusely golden miniatures relate the fantastic story of Marco Polo’s trip.
The Book of Wonders of the World by Marco Polo is among the most famous manuscripts of the Middle Ages and is considered the highlight of the illumination of the French manuscripts.
Rarely did secular themes have as much echo as the adventures of Marco Polo. His reports offered the ideal framework for enlightenment, since people in Europe had always been curious to know about the wonders of the legendary East. The most important masters of his time left beautiful colors with great profusion of gold embodied in this manuscript, thus creating a unique and luxurious testimony of the achievements of a brave pioneer.
The 192 pages contain 84 luxury thumbnails in a large format that can be attributed to two different styles:
The first of these is attributed to the famous Boucicaut master, one of the greatest innovators among artists from northern Europe before the Van Eyck brothers. He was assisted by the so-called Master Mazarine. Together, they are responsible for 37 miniatures.
The second group is also fascinated by the quality and diligence of the artists who must have worked together in close cooperation. Among them Master Egerton and Master Bedford, who completed 44 miniatures.
The story that inspired the best book illuminators to make this true work of art is that of the merchant Marco Polo, whose father and uncle had already traveled to Asia from 1261 to 1269. In 1271 they headed back to that continent, taking with them to young Marco with them.
His trip lasted three and a half years, full of events during which they covered a great distance, from Palestine to Persia and in the Persian Gulf, through Pakistan, the Pamir and in northern China. There, travelers arrived at the court of the legendary Mongol leader Kublai Khan. Knowing how to speak several languages, including Mongolian, Marco Polo offered his services to the Khan, who soon put his trust in him. Subsequently, Kublai Khan entrusted Marco Polo with important confidential missions that took him through much of East Asia, and also to some regions of South Asia. Marco Polo had to wait until 1292 for him to be allowed to travel back to Europe; this time the trip took him across the sea, along the shores of the Indian Ocean, and through Baghdad to Venice, where he set out to lead a normal family life.
During one of the numerous wars between Venice and Genoa, Marco Polo, then commander of a galley, was taken prisoner and had to spend three years in a Genoese prison. There he shared a cell with a writer, who wrote his stories in French.
This story has reached us in a series of different versions and is the first geographical and ethnological document on the countries and peoples of the East. He even influenced Columbus, who is said to have owned the original manuscript.
During his travels, Marco Polo took notes to be able to inform the Grand Khan in detail of everything he saw. However, his reports often mention regions that he probably never visited on his own. One of the characteristics that make this book so special is the fact that in this manuscript, reality and fantasy are often combined, and the miniatures are intertwined with the European tradition, legend and vision that the East had so.
The facsimile edition by the German publishing house Faksimile Verlag of this beautiful work of art has been published in 980 unique copies strictly limited and numbered. The combination of the most advanced technology with the best crafts and traditional methods allowed to reproduce this manuscript faithfully to the original. Format 31.5 x 44.5 cm, bound in leather, 202 pages. Copy of the facsimile in perfect condition.
This issue does NOT carry the commentary volume of studies published by the German publishing house; therefore, it is included in this lot and only the facsimile is sold. A box-case is given with slight signs of use, format 33.5 x 47 x 5.5 cm.
MARCO POLO BOOK:
Facsimile edition made in 1986 by the Spanish publisher Testimony of the fantastic compendium of navigation, ethnography, commerce, medicine and nautical, which will be carried out by the Venetian Marco Polo (1254-1324). Famous incunable of 1485. It consists of an introduction with the traveling experiences of its author and three books with the stories, of the going, the stay and the return. The copy conserved in the Capitular and Columbian Library of Seville is reproduced, with apostilles by Christopher Columbus himself, original printed in Antwerp in 1485.
The facsimile binding is done in dry stamped goatskin, format 15 x 20.5 cm, 156 pages in aged paper. Limited edition of 980 numbered and certified copies. Accompanied by a protective case, open type dust cover in editorial cardboard, format 14.5 x 21 x 3 cm.
The complementary volume of 472 pages with edition, translation and studies by Juan Gil. Texts in Spanish. Format 17 x 23.5 cm. There is also a version with texts in English, with fewer pages, format 17 x 23.5 cm Tell us if you want the book in Spanish or English.
The original belonged to the personal library of Christopher Columbus. At his death he went to the hands of his son who created the Colombian Library and to his death, to the Cabildo of the Cathedral of Seville.
Full copy and in perfect condition. ISBN: 9788486290092
Lot offered with the indicated characteristics, both complementary, between the original manuscript (unlit) and the one made in parchment and beautifully lit, two versions in the form of transmitting the same story.
The works have a combined PVP value of € 9,196 and are currently offered separately in our catalog on this website, for a total value of € 3,796.
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