Unique copy with an exclusive presentation of high bibliophilia of the facsimile edition of one of the most important and complete works on Spanish royal genealogies: Genealogical Illustrations of the Catholicos Reyes de las Españas, and of the christianissimos of France, and of the Emperors of Constantinople , even the Catholico Rey our lord Don Philipe the II. and her serenissimos children. Madrid, 1596 (prince edition). Author: Esteban de Garibay and Zamalloa (1533-1599), chronicler of the emperor Carlos V.
It is one of the most beautiful books printed in Spain in the 16th century. Most of the book is full of family trees, 3 of them folded and oversized, with lots of heraldic shields.
This facsimile edition published in Valencia in 1974 is part of the collection “Biblioteca Hispánica Puvill”, number 1. Edition of 1,000 unnumbered copies.
The characteristics of this specimen that make it totally exclusive, of great luxury and high bibliophilia are: handcrafted in leather with gold, dry and red prints, both on both covers and on the spine, the latter with ribs; tinted edges and patterned with beautiful golden filigree. Format 28 x 40 cm. 322 pages on special heavyweight paper including 3 large foldouts. Texts in old Spanish from the 16th century. Includes the original paperback covers, including the spine and flaps, integrated into the volume as if they were a few more pages.
Presented in an elegant box-case, book type, flat spine, lined in fabric with royal crest engraved on the cover, guide tape, format 30 x 44 x 7 cm.
Total weight almost 6 kg.
With this work, its author intended to fulfill the objective par excellence of every Hispanic Baroque historian who prides himself or herself and who, as in his case, enjoyed that official position: the “deification” of the Habsburgs, justifying in multiple ancestries of purity of blood the immense shed of his empire; It is clear that, basically, in order to ensure continuity in the favor of the monarch in expectation, the Crown Prince Felipe, to whom the book is addressed. His attempt was carried out with the procedure at the same time more attractive, concise and forceful that he had at hand: genealogy, with the precise touches of a supreme heraldry. And surely, nothing could be brighter and easier, although his good years of work led him, than to look for connections through solid trunks and zigzagging branches, of the powerful family with the most illustrious prose of kings and emperors, and even with saints –more half a dozen-, of all time and everywhere. The result could not be more flattering, thanks to the printing press, whose account must bear not a little part of the merit. Indeed, this work is of a sumptuous and complicated typography, patient, as befits such ambitious content and such a high destiny.
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