Punishments and Documents of King Sancho IV de Castilla; Privilege shot of Sancho IV el Bravo. Facsimile edition carried out in 2002 in a limited edition of 500 copies, numbered and authenticated by notary. Original preserved in the National Library of Spain and dated in the year 1292 (XIII century). The facsimile of the Rolled Privilege of Sancho IV the Brave, King of Castile and Leon, whose original is kept in the National Historical Archive, Madrid, has been incorporated.
Hand-bound facsimile in natural leather on board with dry embossing. Format 27.5 x 38.5 cm. 172 pages containing 22 miniatures of different sizes, some with golds, made in the Workshop of the scriptorium regio toledano.
Complementary study book with the translation and comments of the miniatures. Bound in Dutch leather and fabric, format 27.5 x 38 cm. 200 pages
Both books are presented in an open case-box format 27.5 x 39 x 7 cm, lined in cloth with gold titles.
The Book of Punishments, also known as “the Book of Punishments and Documents for Living Well”, is an example of the didactic and moralizing literature of the thirteenth century, composed of sermons and apologists culled from various sacred and pagan sources. He was commanded by Sancho IV the Brave, king of Castile (1258-1295), and dedicated to his son Fernando IV “the Emplazado”, to inculcate the good customs and way of behaving with God, with himself and with the subjects. The paternity of the work in favor of Sancho IV is demonstrated by the inscription that appears on the last page of the codex, where it says that it began in the same year that the Tariff won the benimerines and ended it the following year (1292). According to King Sancho himself, “… it was written with the help of wise scientists”. It is, therefore, an elongation of the Alfonsí scriptorium.
The time of Sancho IV would have been as active in the composition of books as that of his father Alfonso X el Sabio, if he had lived longer. In addition to the book of Punishments, he promoted the translation of two great encyclopedias: the Book of the Treasury (1293), an almost literal version of Li livres dou tresor, by Brunetto Latini, and the Lucidario (1295), a very free translation of the Elucidarius of Honorius. Autun, which deals with curious and varied topics about all kinds of knowledge. He also composed, between 1284 and 1289, the so-called “Sanchina version” of the Estoria of Spain, work of Alfonso X the Wise that left unfinished in 1274. The book of Punishments follows the same encyclopedic line of knowledge, although shorter and focused to teaching.
The rolled Privilege does not contain the original; but it has been included in the facsimile. The book of studies contains an extensive work on this parchment that is conserved in the National Historical Archive.
This edition is made for bibliophiles who are not only lovers of art, but also lovers of history and literature. It deals with a topic that is not the so-called Blessed and Books of Hours that proliferate so much, but something very special that can be part of your library to be read, studied, researched, so that from time to time leave your case to be used for what it is: a “book”.
It is a famous medieval codex, with historical, literary and documentary content, also contributing the charm of its miniatures. The codex is called “Punishment and documents of King Don Sancho”, although it has also had other names, and is a copy of the early fifteenth century that is kept in the National Library with the symbol Ms. 3995 (Vitr 17.8)
Its fame is supported by the half dozen copies of the codex that exist, although most are incomplete, and by the numerous studies that have been conducted on it for centuries. However, the only copy that incorporates beautiful illustrations is Ms. 3995, codicologically classified as “Manuscript C”.
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