Extraordinary facsimile edition made in 2019 of the Manuscript of Villard de Honnecourt, known as the Book of the Cathedrals, one of the most important documents of the thirteenth century, and the only work of Villard de Honnecourt consisting of a notebook of sixty-six sheets, whose Original manuscript is preserved in the National Library of France. A codex that is closely related to the construction of European cathedrals of the thirteenth century.
Of encyclopedic character, it stands out for its beauty as it is the result of a collection of drawings by a prominent artist. In total, 66 unforgettable pages full of illustrations that cover numerous categories: stonework, architecture, carpentry, geometry, zoology and mechanical devices of the time related to the exciting and mysterious art of the construction of the cathedrals.
The work has around 250 superb drawings on parchment, which would be dated in the first quarter of the thirteenth century, around 1221, and correspond to the cathedrals and places he visited in Switzerland, France and Hungary as Chartres, Lausanne or Reims.
For the editor, “we speak of a resurrection of the perennial mystery that the cathedrals constitute” and of a book dated in the year of the construction of the Cathedral of Burgos. “In the same year in which Burgos Cathedral began to be built, the author already made notes of those other cathedrals that served as model and supply of guilds for the burgalés temple that now turns 800 years old”.
Considered by some as the great precursor of Leonardo Da Vinci, very little is known about him since there is no preserved writing of his authorship. What is known is Villard’s obsession with the engineering apparatuses that would later make Da Vinci so famous more than two centuries later, and which were used in the construction of the most famous Gothic temples in Europe.
The Villard de Honnecourt is, therefore, conceived as a beautiful manual of architectural teaching where the technical procedures used in the Middle Ages appear. A compilation of technical drawings referring to construction procedures with a nod to the construction of Gothic temples that now turn eight centuries old.
Facsimile presented in an elegant and original pouch-shaped case, handcrafted in black leather.
The supplementary study book that usually accompanies these great works has not yet been published by the publisher; as soon as it is available it will be sent to you without any additional charge. Exclusively, we offer you, together with the gift facsimile, 2 study books on the work of Villard de Honnecourt, bound in hardcover, one in Spanish (Villard de Honnecourt, Cuaderno, Siglo XIII, 4 authors, Ediciones Akal, 2001), and another in French (Villard de Honnecourt, architecte du XIII siècle, by Jean Wirth, Librairie Droz, 2015).
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